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History comes alive at White Oak Elementary School

Caelyn Goffinet portrayed Marilyn Monroe to show the district 54 board what students did for their wax museum program.
Caelyn Goffinet portrayed Marilyn Monroe to show the district 54 board what students did for their wax museum program.

MORRIS – White Oak Elementary School second grade students hosted their annual wax museum, featuring many famous figures from history.

In January more than 120 second grade students of White Oak Elementary School participated in the wax museum project, according to a news release.

The teachers assigned each student with the task of selecting someone from history as the subject of their project. The students spent time reading biographies, doing research and writing a report. Once completed, the students memorized their reports and built exhibits to illustrate important events in their subject’s life. On the day of the wax museum, the students dress up as their subject, set up their exhibits, and literally became the historical figure.

Students presented their projects at the school board meeting this week.

Parents, teachers, and other students at White Oak were invited to take a tour of the wax museum. Visitors witnessed history come alive as the students presented their reports.

“This is an annual event and the students look forward to this project. A lot of hard work goes into the presentations, it definitely pays off,” second grade teacher, Samantha Hochstatter said in a news release.

The students continually enjoy participating in this project. Some of famous faces included Marilyn Monroe, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Wilbur Wright, Pocahontas, George Washington, Neil Armstrong, Jacqueline Kennedy, among others. This has proven to be a memorable learning experience for everyone involved.

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