Overton High School forms Nashville's first English learner theater troupe

Overton High School is the most diverse school in the state of Tennessee and they are proud of it. How proud? They put diversity front and center with the city's first theater troupe specifically for English learners. The John Overton ELL Theatre Class recently performed at Tusculum Elementary - another school filled with international diversity - in an effort to help mentor younger children and lead by example. The actors showed off their literacy gains by memorizing and performing titles perfect for the young audience: "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss and "The Littlest Monster," by Overton teacher and ELL Theatre Class sponsor Gina Kelley.

"The goal and purpose of the trip is to teach younger EL students that it is ok to be different," said Kelley, "and that the possibilities for them in the United States are exciting and limitless."

The troupe already has a request to perform at another Metro elementary next semester. Great job!