Lumen Christi school St. Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary in Austintown hosted a first for its students on March 25. Students in Gina Heeter's third-grade class put on a 21st Century Wax Museum in the school's cafeteria.
''This is the first year for our wax museum,'' said Heeter. ''It goes along with our social studies and community studies.''
She explained the program started by selecting a famous person. At first, most of the class wanted to select a sports legend. Heeter suggested it be a bigger variety and students changed their focus to include movie stars, political figures and inventors.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Nevada Ruby as Amelia Earhart
''Some of the girls in the class said I looked like Orville Wright,'' said Nathan Saxton. ''I had read a book about him and liked it, so that was my choice.''
Third grader Olivia Puhalla said she chose female soccer star Mia Hamm because of her love for soccer and from her mother talking about Hamm.
Once the famous person was chosen, each student had to research their selection. Students had to put together enough information to create a three-minute speech as well as a power-point presentation. Heeter said it was the great part of this program was the fact it incorporated so much. Students had to write the speech using their writing skills, then give the presentation using technology like POD Casts. Prior to March 25, they had to come up with a tri-fold to serve as a back drop on the selected famous person.
It all came down to the wax museum last week where each student set up their tri-fold, power-point presentation, and dressed the part. They also wore a round cut-out button that said press here. When visitors to the wax museum pressed the button, they third grader had to give the 3-minute talk on the person they dressed as.
The museum was a success and Heeter's students came away with new skills including public speaking. For some of the students, it was just a fun experience. Elizabeth Jadue was one who enjoyed the event.
''I chose Julie Andrews,'' she said. ''She seemed like a fun lady and she has been in a lot of movies that I like.''