published Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Bringing history to life at Tunnel Hill Elementary School

Marlene Wilbanks, left, and Colleen Bean listen as Ethan McNabb, a third-grader in Tracie Ellis' class, comes to life as a wax museum figure of Paul Revere Friday in the Tunnel Hill Elementary school cafeteria. Each child wore a button on their shirt for a viewer to press. The student would then move and speak about who they were portraying.
Marlene Wilbanks, left, and Colleen Bean listen as Ethan McNabb, a third-grader in Tracie Ellis' class, comes to life as a wax museum figure of Paul Revere Friday in the Tunnel Hill Elementary school cafeteria. Each child wore a button on their shirt for a viewer to press. The student would then move and speak about who they were portraying.
Photo by Tim Barber.

Third-grade students at Tracie Ellis’ classroom at Tunnel Hill Elementary School transformed the school’s cafeteria into a wax museum Friday when they portrayed historical figures they have studied this year.

Twenty one students, in period dress as Paul Revere, George Washington, Frederick Douglass, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, Lyndon Johnson, among others, stood as still as statues as parents and other visitors toured the mini museum. Visitors could push an “on” button and the students would recite speeches specific to their character. Besides the historical figures students have studied, other notable figures, including Jackie Robinson, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Thomas Edison were portrayed.

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