A Long Island City middle school got a welcome surprise at its graduation ceremony this week.
Hunters Point Community Middle School, IS 291, will receive $15,000 in funding for arts programming, State Senator Mike Gianaris announced at the cap-and-gown ceremony.
“Arts enrich the lives of students and provide a gateway to the future,” Gianaris said. “Arts education encourages and brings skills from across disciplines into the classroom.”
The funding was secured during the state budget process this year.
IS 291, first opened in September 2013, now serves 450 students.
Its bi-annual art shows, competition band program and spring musical theater productions are just part of the school’s artistic traditions.
“This grant of $15,000 from the senator’s office will ensure our students can continue to receive a world-class arts education at the highest levels,” said Principal Sarah Goodman.