There’s an age-old question that asks, “If you could meet anyone alive or dead who would it be?”
Hundreds of students and parents had the chance to meet some famous Americans…both living and deceased on Monday, Mar. 21, 2016 during the Neuse Charter School’s 2nd Grade Living Wax Museum.
The ‘museum’ combined an educational social studies lesson with community outreach. Roughly 70 students researched famous Americans such as George Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosa Parks, Walt Disney, Neil Armstrong, Mia Hamm and Hillary Clinton and prepared poster boards and presentations.
Ms. Karen Hanafin, an NCS 2nd grade teacher, said the school had been hosting the wax museum for at least three years and students did a lot of the research work in class.
Not only was it a good lesson in American history, it was also a good lesson that hard work pays off.
You see the museum wasn’t free.
In order to unfreeze the famous person and hear about their lives, museum-goers had to pay a small donation.
“Part of the funds raised from our wax museum go to support our NCS Relay for Life,” said Hanafin.
Each student had a cup at their station and once a donation was made students would tell about when the person was born and died and give some interesting facts about who they were and what made them famous.
“Let them really believe that you are that person you are telling them about,” said Mr. Richard Knight, another NCS 2nd grade teacher, as he prepared the students prior to the doors opening.
Chase Perry, a second grader in Ms. Katherine Knapp’s class, said he really enjoyed making his poster board about famous author Dr. Seuss.
“I got to help make these streamer things and wrote about when he died,” Perry said.
Second grade student Sofia Edwards chose to do someone still living and focused her presentation on Mia Hamm.
“I scored 149 goals in national soccer and was the youngest member to ever play on a national team,” Edwards told a crowd.
From presidents to pioneers, aviators to authors, sports stars to music stars, the Neuse Charter second grade covered them all.
“This experience has really opened them up to who different famous Americans are,” said Knapp. “Many of the characters are in Disney movies or movies, but the kids didn’t realize they were real people. Seeing them get excited about it and get dressed up has been the best part.”