Fourth-graders cre­ate wax mu­seum of his­tory

Record Observer - - Schools -

GRA­SONVILLE — Gra­sonville El­e­men­tary School fourth­graders spent the month of Fe­bru­ary re­search­ing in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in African Amer­i­can His­tory.

After com­plet­ing a re­search re­port on the in­di­vid­u­als, oral pre­sen­ta­tions brought the fig­ures to life for the school’s Black His­tor y Wax Mu­seum.

Each stu­dent be­came a wax fig­ure of an in­flu­en­tial African Amer­i­can and when stu­dents came to visit the “mu­seum,” they pushed a but­ton on or near the fourth­grade stu­dent and watched the per­son come to life, recit­ing his­tor­i­cal facts about who they were rep­re­sent­ing.

“I thought the wax mu­seum was very fun be­cause a lot of peo­ple helped me to learn about Mae Jemi­son.”

“...I learned a lot about Mae Jemi­son and I also learned that she is an im­por­tant per­son in Black His­tory Month.”

Stu­dents en­joyed be­com­ing their char­ac­ter and shar­ing what they learned with par­ents, stu­dents and staff.

“I re­searched Har­riet Tub­man. It was fun pre­tend­ing to be her and bring her back to life,” Teriyah Massen­burg said.

Along with Tub­man and Jemi­son, stu­dents chose im­por­tant fig­ures from ev­ery­thing in be­tween sports and pol­i­tics, in­clud­ing projects about Muham­mad Ali, Jesse Owens and Ben Car­son.

“The wax peo­ple or wax per­son was very fun and bright,” Ryan Blass said. “I re­ally learned a lot and I also think that when all the kids came over to me to lis­ten to my speech, I was thrilled to talk about my wax per­son.”

Traise Wool­ford, a fourth-grader at Gra­sonville El­e­men­tary School, brings Martin Luther King Jr. to life in his por­trayal dur­ing the school’s wax mu­seum of in­flu­en­tial African Amer­i­cans.

Gra­sonville El­e­men­tary School fourth-grader Syd­ney Riska por­trays NASA em­ployee Kather­ine John­son for her wax mu­seum fig­ure.

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