As life has moved on since graduation, I find that – more and more – having had the M&A experience, has contributed GREATLY to my life. Meeting people throughout my daily adventures, I always seem to meet graduates of M&A (not necessarily from my class nor from my year). There appears to be a bond among alumni. Those daily, long subway rides, apparently, were well worth it! Thank you for the wonderful ‘universal’ education you provided me in 1956. It has made for a wonderful life.

– Alan Hirschhorn, M&A ’56

I am most grateful for the wonderful people I met, both teachers and classmates. Many are lifelong friends. Now as a LaGuardia teacher I will always be committed to, in the words of our school song, “our task unending defending that realm above where dull and lifeless things have caught a beauty that daring dreams have wrought.”

– Paula Washington, M&A ’70 and current LaGuardia faculty member

Please share with us the reasons you are thankful for having received a free, public high school arts education. How has it impacted your life, career, and/or friendships? More responses are posted here.

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