Minnesota Moment: Acting Club Promotes Inclusion

May 10, 2017 11:47 PM

A Twin Cities high school is using a unique drama club to bring students together.

Eden Prairie High School's Y's Act Club is an inclusion organization that brings together students with and without special needs.


The club spends weeks working on the choreography and music selection for a variety show.

Teachers said it took a lot of hard work, but the students finally got their chance to dance under the spotlight during Wednesday's performance.

"The special needs kids, some of them it's the only time they get to be on stage," special education teacher Lin Reller said. "They just shine, their smiles are just priceless…It's just so rewarding to work with all of them."

This year's theme was Dancing through the Decades.

Reller said some students come back each year because of close friendships.

"It's just something they look forward to every year," Reller said. "They love to be on stage, they love to be creative, which you can see on stage."

This is the 12th year for Y's Act club. According to teachers, there are many other inclusive clubs for students offered at the high school.



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