VOLNEY – Volney Elementary School sixth-graders researched historical figures and practiced posing throughout the month of October, leading up to the annual wax museum event.
Held on Halloween, the wax museum opened for fellow Volney students, teachers, Fulton City School District administrators and other special guests.
Sixth grade teacher Bill Cahill said the students were tasked with convincing him or fellow teacher Daniel Bartlett on why specific people of influence were worthy of being portrayed as a wax figure.
“The goal was that I wanted them to learn about someone new,” Cahill said.
Under the direction of their teachers and the library media specialist, students utilized Chromebooks, as part of the FCSD Digital Learning Initiative, to learn about reputable websites to help research historical figures.
Students practiced wax figure posing since the beginning of October, which Cahill said also served as a lesson in persistence and confidence.
The wax museum was held in the school’s gymnasium, with lights turned low as guests viewed and read about famous people, such as Johnny Carson, Babe Ruth, Gracie Gold, Michelle Obama, Jacqueline Onassis and Nikola Tesla.
As Cahill clicked a remote-control button, the wax figures changed positions throughout the hour-long opening.