BURGETTSTOWN - Authors, inventors, scientists, entertainers, athletes and historical, political and military figures visited Burgettstown Area Elementary School June 4 as part of the school's annual Wax Museum project.
Fourth-grade students portrayed a cross section of important American figures as the culmination of a month's-long social students project, said Lucas Rendulic, social studies teacher.
"The kids are excited about sharing what they learned over the past two months," he said.
‘EXHIBIT’ — Madison Kozares portrays teacher-astronaut Christa McAuliffe during Burgettstown Area Elementary Center’s Wax Museum June 4. -- Summer Wallace-Minger
ORVILLE — Joe Gallucci portrays inventor-aviator Orville Wright June 4 during Burgettstown Area Elementary Center’s Wax Museum June 4. -- Contributed
As preparation for the project, students began by researching their chosen figure and making a presentation to their class, said Rendulic, who also participated, portraying American Indian leader Crazy Horse.
With the assistance of their parents, the children assembled costumes so they could "get in character" for the wax museum. Each child also had completed a poster on their figure and memorized a short speech explaining their importance to history.
Although the fourth-grader presents the project, the rest of the elementary center pupils participate as visitors to the "wax museum." Each child was given a limited number of tokens, and, when they dropped the token into a cup at each "exhibit," the "wax figure" came to life to give their memorized speech.
The project, which is in its second year, also is open to the pupils' families and the community during the afternoon.
"We had it last year, and, this year, there's been a lot of word of mouth," Rendulic said.
It was followed by a reception.