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Billy Joel helps save Long Island High School for the Arts

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NEW YORK — Billy Joel has "saved his pennies" for a good cause.

The singer donated $1 million to students who have been attending the Long Island High School for the Arts.

The school, which was established in 1973, had threatened to close down because of a lack of funding and low enrollment.

It's the Island's only public school art program.
The singer met with faculty and students and explained to them what music has meant to him and how his creative process works. Being a Long Island native, Joel has been extremely vocal in his support of the arts over the years.

Billy Joel’s donation to the Long Island High School will save the school form closing the doors but in order for the school to receive it, there was a catch.

Nassau County BOCES had to agree to keep the school open for the next three years in order to receive the pledge from the Billy Joel Foundation.

Because after all, without a program like this one, Joel says there would be no piano man.