Bronxville News

Students Develop Passion for Literature With Musical Performance
Bronxville, NY

Third through fifth grade students at Bronxville Elementary School were treated to a special cross-curricular experience when they watched the bilingual musical, “El Otro Oz,” at their school on March 14. The event was designed to bridge the gap between literature and the arts, offering a holistic educational experience.

“By connecting literature with the arts, students have the opportunity to explore themes, characters and narratives in a more interactive and engaging way, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for both disciplines,” Principal Rakiya Adams said. “The performance was not only intended to entertain but also to promote the love of literacy among students.”

Adams said that developing a passion for literacy is crucial, especially in the foundational years of elementary education, as it forms the basis for lifelong learning and critical thinking skills.

“By exposing students to creative and engaging literary experiences like the ‘El Otro Oz’ performance, we strive to instill a love for reading and storytelling, setting students on a path towards academic success and personal growth,” she said.

The musical incorporated several themes, including culture, diversity, family, forgiveness, friendship, home and teamwork. The salsa, merengue and Mexican folk-infused musical was inspired by “The Wizard of Oz.” It told the story of Dora, a contemporary teenager who struggles with her family’s ideas about tradition and dreads her impending quinceañera. But, when Dora gets swept away to a strange new land, she learns how to celebrate her unique rhythm and embrace her cultural identity.

“The students were able to enjoy a multilayered experience of watching a classic tale told in both English and Spanish, as well as the message of embracing your identity, culture and reinforcing the positive messages of self-confidence,” Adams said.  

The visit was generously funded by the PTA Lecture Series Committee.

Students Develop Passion for Literature With Musical Performance
Students Develop Passion for Literature With Musical Performance
Students Develop Passion for Literature With Musical Performance
Students Develop Passion for Literature With Musical Performance