BELMAR, NJ —The nation’s history was brought to life in quite an imaginative way at Belmar Elementary School.
Its fourth-grade class presented its Famous Americans Wax Museum on June 6, as students portrayed many of the most influential individuals in the United States both past and present.
There they were, lining the aisles of the school's auditorium: the Wright brothers and Buzz Aldrin, Barbara Walters and Woodrow Wilson, Betsy Ross and Bill Gates, among so many luminaries spanning the decades and representing a plethora of professions and noteworthy pursuits.
Dressed in costume and many with props, the students stood still and silent as visitors walked among them. It wasn’t until someone stepped on the red circle in front of each of them that they snapped into character, telling their story of fame, fortune or how they rose to the top tier of historic significance.
The living museum presentation is an annual lesson for the fourth grade, taking weeks of preparation after each student randomly selected a notable person to research and write a biography that reflected how he or she made a diffference in the United States ... and in the world.
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