Freedom students bring historic figures to life


March 04, 1997|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DOZENS OF STUDENTS and visitors toured the Wax Museum at Freedom Elementary School last week. The "museum" is an annual presentation by third-grade students at the school and is the highlight of the February biography unit.

The 150 students worked hard to learn all they could about the people they portrayed. Wonderful points of history were recalled as well as little-known details as the "wax" figures gave their brief speeches.

Once again, Cal Ripken was featured in the world of sports, with students portraying coach Knute Rockne, skater Kristi Yamaguchi and hockey star Mario Lemieux also making fine presentations. Albert Einstein, Jane Goodall and Thomas Edison were seen in the Hall of Science.

My own little Abraham Lincoln stood at the entrance to the Famous Leaders hall, ready to recite all he knew about old Abe. He was in excellent company with George Washington, John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr..

"This is so innovative, it's great," said Carol Rawlings, whose son Jason was a rosy-cheeked Bill Clinton. "All the kids do such a super job."

As a first-time visitor to the wax museum, Diana May was impressed.

"I thought it was excellent," she said. "The children were all wonderful."

May was especially pleased with her grandson Matthew's efforts as George Washington, complete with miniature cherry tree.

"The children learn so much about geography, writing to inform, both American and world history through this activity," said Dave Anderson, a third-grade teacher at the school.

"It's amazing to see how much they learn in four weeks."

Art auction

Those who appreciate fine art will want to attend the annual art auction beginning Saturday at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Community on Liberty Road in Eldersburg.

The event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and will feature more than 200 pieces of fine art from the Heisman Gallery. The art will be offered at auction. Pieces are expected to sell for $60 to $1,000.

The auction has become well-known in Carroll and surrounding areas. Bidders attired in everything from jeans and flannel shirts to tuxedos will enjoy an elegant spread of hors d'oeuvres and beverages provided by Kevin's Katering.

Local musicians Andrea and Christin Hussle will entertain with string music.

"The whole evening is an event," said Joe Winterling, one of the auction organizers. "All the work for the auction is done by volunteers of the Knights and the church teens."

All proceeds from the auction go to the Knight's scholarship fund for area students. The Knights plan to offer full scholarships to Carroll Community College in the future.

High school seniors may pick up scholarship applications at the art auction, at St. Joe's or by calling Bryan Lawson at 737-8088.

Information: Mike McLoughlin, 549-2476, or Joe Winterling, 781-6361.

Pub Date: 3/04/97

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