Oliver Middle Prep Wows VIPs

The Nashville Area Chamber, Metro Nashville Public Schools and Greater Nashville Association of Realtors kicked off this school year's series of Middle Prep VIP Tours in September with a visit to Oliver Middle.

More than 50 attendees, including Rep. Jason Powell; school board member Jo Ann Brannon; Vice Mayor-elect David Briley; Freddie O'Connell (Metro Council District 19); and Davette Blalock (Metro Council District 27); were welcomed by student ambassadors, as well as Principal Jeanna Collins and school staff. Guests were then treated to a spirited rendition of the national anthem, performed by the school band.

Another favorite moment on this tour included a performance of "The Unbirthday Song" from the Disney movie Alice in Wonderland, which several guests praised as "extraordinary." The tour groups also saw a reenactment of Battle of the Books, a school-wide team reading competition. VIPs were able to sit in on an advanced math class and observe students working on art projects ranging from painting to mask-making.

There are three remaining VIP tours planned for the 2015-2016 school year:
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., West End Middle Prep
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., McKissack Middle Prep
  • Wednesday, April 6, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Creswell Middle Prep School of the Arts
All business and community leaders are invited to join one of these upcoming tours for a firsthand look at the exciting progress being made in our MNPS middle preps. To RSVP, please contact me at rmcdonald@nashvillechamber.com or 615-743-3152.

Oliver Middle Prep VIP Tour - Sept. 16, 2015
A student performance of "The Unbirthday Song" was one of the highlights of the VIP tour.

Oliver Middle Prep VIP Tour - Sept. 16, 2015
Chamber Education Report Card Committee member Derrick Free and Metro Councilmember Freddie O'Connell share a laugh with a student ambassador during their tour of Oliver Middle Prep.

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