Freedom Elementary waxes on about museum


March 05, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I LOVE to visit museums. The national museums in Washington have always held a special interest for me and my children. The wax museums in Gettysburg and Harpers Ferry also are favorites.

But there is a "wax museum" in the Eldersburg that seems to grow more famous each year -- this one is run by the third-graders at Freedom Elementary School.

In its seventh year, the wax museum project is held in conjunction with a February study of American history, black history and an integrated language arts unit on biographies.

Students researched the lives and accomplishments of famous people from the past and the present as they prepared for the project. Costumed in appropriate garb, students playing the 125 wax figures gave brief speeches to visitors at the museum.

Early Americans such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross are always popular figures. Thomas Edison, Galileo, Albert Einstein and Marie Curie were some of the representatives from math and science.

Annie Oakley, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Geronimo and Buffalo Bill represented the American frontier.

"We have a number of new figures in our museum this year," said teacher Dave Anderson. "The library has some new biographies that gave the kids fresh ideas."

Some of the new figures I noticed included computer magnate Bill Gates, talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Lucille Ball and marathon runner Terry Fox, the young runner who made a marathon trek across Canada to raise funds for cancer research, then died of the disease.

Vicki Van Meter, the first 13-year-old girl to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, made her appearance in a small box plane.

Each third-grader struck a pose as fourth grade students had an opportunity to visit the museum during a school-time dress rehearsal. Parents and friends were invited to the museum on Thursday evening.

Liberty craft fair

Just as the appearance of crocuses signal the emergence of spring, the annual craft fair at Liberty High School entices the public from its winter hibernation. This year's fair is scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school on Bartholow Road.

The PTSA has sponsored the craft fair for the past 14 years and is proud of the total school involvement in the event. Students in each grade at Liberty have a hand in preparing for and running the event.

Members of the freshman class will deliver lunch to vendors, while the sophomores will take charge of setting up and cleaning up after the fair. Admission will be collected by the junior class, and members of the National Honor Society will be on hand bright and early to help vendors bring their wares into the school.

More than 180 craftsmen and vendors will offer a wide variety of goods, including dried and silk flowers, wood furniture, ornaments, plaques, jewelry, hand-sewn items, stamps, dolls, candy, and wreaths. , baskets and much more.

Food will be available, including pit beef, ham and turkey prepared by members of the Fulton Sheen Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Admission is $1 for ages 17 and older. Admission, $1 for ages 17 and older, entitles shoppers to register to win a 1996 entertainment book.

Because of fire safety regulations, strollers are not permitted in the school.

For more information, call the school at 751-3560.

Sherry Graham's Southeast Carroll neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in The Sun.

Pub Date: 3/05/96

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