Diversified learning

Third grade students dressed as historical African American figures who made an impact on the world in recognition of African American History Month.

Bringing history to life: Third-grade students at Keystone Academy Charter School dressed as historical African-American figures who made an impact on the world in recognition of African American History Month. LOGAN KRUM / TIMES PHOTO

Last week, celebrities and historical figures like Michael Jackson, Coretta Scott King and Rosa Parks visited Keystone Academy Charter School.

The school hosted its first living wax museum, where third-graders researched and dressed as historical figures. The event was hosted in recognition of African American History Month.

“The idea stemmed from students being very diverse at our school and always wanting to learn about other cultures,” said teacher Katelyn Hornung, who helped organize the event.

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On Feb. 27, families were invited to the school to explore the museum. Each student, dressed as their historical figure, stood before a stand displaying information about the figure they had researched. When you pressed the ‘start’ button at their display, the wax figures would come to life, giving a brief biography of their figure’s lives.

Students chose from a list of scientists, civil rights leaders, engineers, athletes, entertainers and more. Over the course of three weeks, they used the internet, textbooks and magazines to research their figure and put together a biography, then another week to practice.

“I’m really excited about the turnout because it’s even more than I anticipated,” Hornung said in the “museum,” which was packed with family members taking photos and listening to biographies. “Hopefully moving forward within the next few years, we’ll have an even bigger turnout.” ••

LOGAN KRUM / TIMES PHOTO
LOGAN KRUM / TIMES PHOTO
LOGAN KRUM / TIMES PHOTO
LOGAN KRUM / TIMES PHOTO