History comes to life at Valley View museum

Valley View Elementary was home to approximately 100 “Famous Americans” recently as they held their very first Wax Museum. Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, and even Walt Disney were in attendence. All

Valley View’s “famous Americans” enjoyed a day of living history.

fifth grade students were required to become their character, complete with costume, make-up, props and background as part of a school project which doubled as a fundraiser for their end of the year field trip. Coin boxes and tip jars were decorated to match their theme and the characters came to life when they heard the clink of money hit the bottom of their jar. Each prepared an interesting two minute speech and many of the kids found parallels with their famous person that they would not have learning about them in a history book.

Justin Jacobs and Alex Searl in their character costumes.

Dan Derksen had done this project at a past school and brought the idea to Valley View. He felt the kids would get much more out of learning about these amazing people in this way, and that it was a great way to get parents involved as well. Packed to the brim, the Valley View halls and gym gleemed with proud parents and smiling kids. It was a night to be remembered and hopefully repeated next year. Thanks for your hard work fifth graders.

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