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De Blasio pushes arts programs at PS 69

Mayor de Blasio stepped into room 100 at PS 69 in Jackson Heights, where 29 fourth-graders sat at their desks sketching various scenes of New York City.

Impressed by their creativity, de Blasio asked several of the students about their drawings but 9-year-old Nevin needed to get something off his chest first.


“I didn’t know in real life you were this tall!” he blurted out.


“It’s true,” the mayor responded. “I didn’t know in real life you were this creative!”


“He’s so tall, he’s like six feet,” Nevin said to his friend Pema.


Though some were transfixed by his height — which is actually 6-foot-5 — de Blasio’s visit was more than a casual drop-in. After visiting the fourth-graders, the mayor addressed the lack of arts education available to public school kids.


“The level of engagement and creativity and energy that these kids felt was something that would make every New Yorker proud,” de Blasio said in the school’s auditorium on Monday. “They were expressing their ideas, their feelings and they had a teacher who was encouraging them every step of the way. It’s a reminder that arts education really matters. It helps kids to better express themselves.”


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(Article by: Tess McRae, Associate Editor Queens Chronical)