Regent Visits Syosset Schools

Regent Roger Tilles read poetry to a group of fourth-grade students at Robbins Lane Elementary School. (Photos by Syosset Schools)

Students in the Robbins Lane Elementary and Village Elementary schools, in the Syosset School District, got a warm visit from Roger Tilles, who was recently re-elected to another term on the New York State Board of Regents.

Tilles, a well-known arts philanthropist, enjoyed a musical welcome at Robbins Lane from the school’s jazz band, and was delighted to learn that many of them had already played on the stage of the Tilles Center as members of All-County ensembles. After brief tours of each building with Superintendent Dr. Thomas Rogers, Tilles focused on the main purpose of his visit—reading to students from some of his favorite children’s poems.

In both schools, Tilles recited poems from Shel Silverstein, Robert Frost and others to groups of fourth-grade students. Afterward, he spoke to board members, teachers and parents during Village’s staff recognition luncheon.

“It was a privilege to have Regent Tilles share his love of poetry with our students, and I was so proud to show him the wonderful arts programs here at Syosset,” said Rogers.

As a member of the Board of Regents, Tilles represents all of the school districts on Long Island, helping to create and shape educational policy in Albany.


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Steve Mosco, former editor-in-chief at Anton Media Group, is a columnist for Long Island Weekly's food and sports sections. He fancies himself a tastemaker, food influencer and king of all eaters.


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