Students strike a pose for 'wax museum'

NEIGHBORS

March 07, 1995|By SHERRY GRAHAM

Cal Ripken Jr. was there. So were Kristi Yamaguchi, Mickey Mantle and Michael Jordan. Even Babe Ruth swung a bat or two.

I saw these famous people and many others at the "wax museum" recently at Freedom Elementary School.

During February, Freedom third-graders studied biographies, reading about famous people in sports, politics, science, music, art, literature and medicine.

After researching the life of a famous person and writing a report to show what they had learned, the students became the historical figures during the wax museum event.

Museum visitors found the school's hallways and gymnasium lined with more than 100 "wax figures." As visitors made their way through the museum, they were encouraged to press the button found near each figure and listen as the student gave a brief speech.

Every student was dressed for the part, some with quite elaborate costumes and props. Louis Pasteur, for instance, told of his work with pasteurization and the rabies vaccine using stuffed dogs and dry ice for effect.

Jane Goodall, famous for her work with chimpanzees, was surrounded by jungle scenery and chimps. Marie Curie told of her work with radiation while a flashing light warned visitors of the possible danger.

Robert E. Lee studied a map, while patriot and silversmith Paul Revere spoke of the British and displayed his work in silver. Abraham Lincoln beseeched us to end slavery as Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us of his dream.

The American frontier was represented by Annie Oakley, Geronimo, Davy Crockett and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The wax museum has been a third-grade tradition at Freedom for a number of years and was a great treat for students and visitors.

This year's effort even included a "museum gift shop" where visitors could purchase postcards, bookmarks, candy and other mementos made by the students.

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The PTSA of Liberty High School will sponsor its 14th annual Craft Fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school.

The admission price of $1 for ages 16 and older will permit browsers to register for the door prize drawing of an Entertainment '95 book. For safety reasons, no strollers will be permitted.

More than 150 craftsmen from Maryland and surrounding states will offer a variety of wares including wreaths, flowers, furniture, caricatures, oil and water paintings, plaques, jewelry, hand-sewn items, homemade candy, wedding accessories and cakes, folk and primitive art, baskets and more.

Food will also be plentiful, with hot dogs, barbecue, nachos, baked goods and beverages served. The Fulton Sheen Council Knights of Columbus will sell pit beef, turkey and ham.

Also Saturday, country favorites will be the fare at Oakland United Methodist Church's all-you-can-eat country breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The breakfast will be served in the church's fellowship hall on Mineral Hill Road and will feature pancakes, eggs, sausage, hominy, pudding, sausage gravy, assorted rolls, coffee, tea and juice.

Cost is $4.50 for adults; $3 for children 3 to 12; and free for children under 3. Information: 795-3115.

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