- The students were super excited and parents told us they were talking about the project for weeks
- The reality of these figures augmented when each student gave a 20- to 30-second history of the person
- Only those figures were chosen for representation which influenced the world in a positive way
New Jersey, June 3, 2017: Adorning the attires of living ‘wax’ figures, the third graders at Secaucus’ Huber Street School helped in resurrecting the bygone times.
Various students from schools like Kelly O’Connor, Anna Critelli, Stephen Mastro and Karen Celebrano’s classes impersonated the historic figures of Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah Winfrey, Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley, Lady Gaga and Princess Diana in the second annual Living Wax Museum.
The reality of these figures augmented when each student gave a 20- to 30-second history of the person they illustrated with the push of a “press here” button, mentioned nj.com report.
Only those figures were chosen for representation which influenced the world in a positive way by playing a pivotal role in the history.
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Intense dedication of the students to the project impressed Mastro and won his heart. He said, “the students were super excited and parents told us they were talking about the project for weeks.”
Students created a docket of the person’s life and major accomplishments and presented a speech during the Living Wax Museum event. These speeches were made with the help of a display board and props that contained photos and information about the current or historical person they were portraying.
“The students put a lot of effort into this project and it shows,” Celebrano said. “This interactive learning made a big difference in the children’s interest level.”
The wax museum was visited by many visitors that day including the student’s Parents, teachers, administrators, Board of Education members and other non-participating students. It is interesting to note that there were more than 76 lifelike displays to view.
Apart from being an entertaining and amusing activity, it imparted knowledge to the students and the visitors. Praise Malapile who portrayed Oprah Winfrey said that it was a lot of fun to work on that project. He further added: “I learned that Oprah Winfrey best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.”
Jadan Toribio was enthusiastic about portraying Einstein because “I got to dress like him and found out he discovered the theory of relativity.”
Some of the other historical figures depicted at the Living Wax Museum included Helen Keller, Michelle Obama, Lionel Messi, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart and Abraham Lincoln.
O’Connor concluded the event saying: “Over the years children have learned about history, but it’s never been real to them.”
– prepared by Himanshi Goyal of Newsgram, Twitter: @himanshi1104