Bill Pepitone

3. Do you believe arts are essential to NYC public school education? Why or why not?

Arts are, without question, essential to education and children’s growth. A child’s social advancement is dependent upon many influences, and arts and music can serve as one of the most positive. It allows children to explore their creative side and serve as an outlet for any frustrations or inhibitions. Special Needs children excel in environments strengthened by consistency, creativity and support, all characteristics of successful arts programs.

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