North Babylon Receives Music Grant from Usdan and Bethpage Federal Credit Union

In its continued search for outside sources of funding that will offer students opportunities for success, the North Babylon School District has partnered with the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts and Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Located in Wheatley Heights, Usdan is a not-for-profit summer school of the arts whose mission, according to its website, is to provide children with the arts as a lifetime companion.

“In North Babylon, we believe that every student deserves a first-class music education,” said Dr. Kim Lowenborg-Coyne, the district’s director of art and music. “These funds will make it possible for all students and families to participate in the wonderful musical experiences that are such an essential part of our program, without financial stress.”

Through the district’s partnership with Usdan and Bethpage Federal Credit Union, North Babylon High School students Tanya Estela, Dionte Harrilal, Lily LaFleur, Leah Petraglia, Kevin Pyle and Jacqui Schoelermann will be provided with full-tuition scholarships to continue their music studies at Usdan this summer. Additionally, Usdan awarded the district micro-grants that will fund small purchases, such as instrument rentals, sheet music and occasional supplemental lessons.

Micro-grant recipients include: NBHS students Kate Aufort, Daniel Benson, John Esposito, Monica Fox, Nicole Gonzalez, Megan Haggerty, Amanda Liantonio, Lauren Nelson, Abraham Pierre, Kevin Pyle, Kelly Sisson, Jessica Szanto and Emily Zhao; and Robert Moses Middle School students Ola Abanishe, Shola Abanishe, Brendan McGovern, Brian Nelson and Tasha Raphael.