His­tory comes alive at wax mu­seum

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There were at least four Abraham Lin­colns and just as many Har­riet Tub­mans. The gym­na­sium lights bounced off the mir­rored avi­a­tor lenses of FBI Spe­cial Agent John­nie Mae Gib­son; Fred­er­ick Dou­glass’s (cot­ton ball) beard and mane of hair needed a slight ad­just­ment, and al­though there were a cou­ple of Wilma Ru­dolphs, they didn’t race each other.

William B. Wade El­e­men­tary School sec­ond graders par­tic­i­pated in a wax mu­seum Wed­nes­day, March 29, to tell “their” life sto­ries to vis­i­tors, a re­lease states.

“It’s re­ally a hands-on ap­proach to re­search and writ­ing,” Heather McClain, a teacher at Wade, said in the re­lease. Third- and fourth-grade stu­dents re­mem­ber their projects, she said, and first graders look for­ward to par­tic­i­pat­ing when they get to sec­ond grade.

Some stu­dents choose their project’s fo­cus be­cause they look up to the his­tor­i­cal fig­ure.

“I think in real life, I’m a lot like her,” Marli Vac­caro, who por­trayed as­tronomer Maria Mitchell, said in the re­lease. Like, Mitchell, Vac­caro was in­tro­duced to as­tron­omy by her father. The sec­ond grader also has fa­vorite sub­jects in tune with Mitchell’s ex­per­tise. “She had a love of sci­ence and math­e­mat­ics and I have a love of sci­ence and math­e­mat­ics,” Vac­caro said.

Other stu­dents found their sub­ject’s ac­com­plish­ments in­spir­ing.

“I thought it was in­ter­est­ing that he was the first African Amer­i­can to reach the North Pole and earn the Medal of Honor,” Shawn Walker said in the re­lease of Matthew Hen­son.

“He had five years of school, I found that pretty in­ter­est­ing,” Gar­rett Wag­ner said in the re­lease of Davy Crock­ett.

Charles Drew, an African-Amer­i­can sur­geon, dis­cov­ered how to store plasma for trans­fu­sions and de­vel­oped the first large-scale blood bank. “He saved many lives dur­ing World War II,” sec­ond grader Michael Oluyede said in the re­lease.

Michael Ba­gley se­lected a more con­tem­po­rar y fig­ure to study — countr y singer and “The Voice” judge Blake Shel­ton. “I like him. And I like to wear this shirt,” Ba­gley said, show­ing off his crisp plaid but­ton up.

Marli Vac­caro por­trayed as­tronomer Maria Mitchell at William B. Wade El­e­men­tary School’s wax mu­seum.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

William B. Wade El­e­men­tary School sec­ond grader Kayla Jackson was avi­a­tor Amelia Earhart dur­ing the school’s wax mu­seum March 29. All sec­ond graders se­lected a fig­ure from his­tory in or­der to tell their story.

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