Brook Hill Lower School students learn about historical figures through annual Wax Museum project


Guests of all ages recently gathered at the Brook Hill Lower School to learn more about history, as the school hosted the 12th Annual Second Grade Great American Wax Museum, held Friday, Feb. 17, inside the Lower School gymnasium.

"This was a very exciting project for our students to learn through and participate in," said Michelle Culpepper, Brook Hill second grade teacher. "I'm excited about it because the students got to pick a person that interests them and learn more about. They researched and got a feel for who the person is or was, and shared the information through the wax museum."

Students in second grade classes at the Brook Hill Lower School began work on the project by studying the lives of many great American heroes. As a part of the assignment, students were allowed to select biographies of individuals whom they believe did great things in American history.

Students took one week to learn about their American hero by researching biographies, autobiographies, websites, articles, and other resources available. Afterwards, students used the research process to make notes and collect facts, which were organized in their first research paper.

Lower School librarian and media specialist Ila England also assisted students by helping them to create Microsoft PowerPoint presentations about their selected American hero. At home, students created a display board to display pictures, facts, quotes, and other artifacts about the individual, as well as created a costume to wear for the event.

Before the event, students presented their PowerPoint presentations, as well as their display boards, and reported in first person about their hero, while dressed up as them.

On Friday, Feb. 17, students participated in the annual Second Grade Great American Wax Museum, where they stood in front of their display as if a wax figurine in a historical museum. As family, friends, and other Brook Hill classes passed by them, a "button" on the students' display boards was pushed to bring the characters to life and hear about these Americans in first person.

Classes taking part in the 12th annual Brook Hill Second Grade Great American Wax Museum included JoAnn Batis, Toni Collins, and Culpepper.

Second grade students in Batis’s class involved in the project included Izabelle Bramlet, as Georgia O’Keefe; Piper Childs, as Laura Bush; Channing Collins, as Julia Child; Kara Cunningham, as Annie Oakley; Davis Green, as Michael Jordan; Travis Haft, as Thomas Edison; Aiden Jennings, as Wyatt Earp; Von Lane, as Donald Trump; Hensley Nelson, as Betsy Ross; Hunter Powell, as Lane Frost; James Andrew Ross, as Jackie Robinson; Swayze Smith, as Mary Lou Retton; Brayden Tyler, as Harry Houdini; and Layton Waters, as Chris Kyle.

Students in Collins’s class that took part in the 12th Annual Second Grade Great American Wax Museum included Lily Andrews, as Helen Keller; Jack Edward Barber, as Clint Dempsey; Daniel Berry, as Thomas Jefferson, Kamryn Buske, as Lucia Chase; Sawyer Buske, as Marcus Luttrell; Noah Davis, as Wilbur Wright, Walker Garcia, as Michael Jackson; Harper Harrison, as Simone Biles; Savannah Hipke, as Betsy Ross; Spencer Jones, as Orville Wright; Scarlett Kerr, as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Robert Love, as Billy Graham; Piper Moore, as Pocahontas; Blake Terry, as Michael Phelps; and Solomon Zapolskyy, as Thomas Edison.

Culpepper’s second grade class taking part in the historical project included Adam Abston, as Walt Disney; Mabry Boatright, as Kristi Yamaguchi; Brex Boddy, as Jackie Robinson; Peyton Childs, as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Cayden Davis, as Neil Armstrong; Bryce Dietz, as Wilbur Wright; Rex Dixon, as Paul Revere; Daylee Grace Durrett, as Maria Tallchief; Holden Holik, as John F. Kennedy; Kate Reynolds, as Sacagawea; Zac Ryle, as Abraham Lincoln; Braxton Smith, as Chris Kyle; Brooklynn Smith, as Simone Biles; Jett Westbrook, as Davy Crockett; and Katelyn Willis, as Clara Barton.

"The project has been a great success," said Culpepper. "Some aspects of the project are aspects you wouldn't expect a seven or eight year old to be able to perform. I really hope the students were able to receive a deeper understanding of history."