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Letter to the Tulsa World Editor: Bravo
By Charles R. Cobb, Tulsa
(Rprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement.)
I want to thank the Tulsa World for the story about the 5th-graders from Rosa Parks Elementary School attending Tulsa Opera's "La Traviata" ("5th-graders have night at the opera," Oct. 16). My girlfriend and I attended the Friday evening performance and had the privilege of sitting behind this wonderful group of students. They were attentive and extremely well-behaved.
During intermissions music teacher Charles Johnston talked with them. It is clear that Rosa Parks Elementary has a dedicated music teacher who is willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to bring the richness of music to his students.
In this season when football seems to be the biggest Friday night activity, it truly was a different kind of Friday Night Lights to witness these students and their teacher enjoy a masterpiece. I can only hope there are many more opportunities for the arts to be experienced by students so they may not only learn the required subjects but also grow their beings and souls from exposure to the richness of the arts in all of their forms. A hats off and "Bravo!" to Johnston, Union Schools and all who made the evening possible for these children.
Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/article.aspx?subjectid=62&articleid=20101023_62_A20_Iwantt197368... more