VOLNEY – The Volney Elementary School gymnasium became a wax museum recently as inventors, past presidents, astronauts, celebrities, athletes and other historical figures were on display.
In the weeks leading up to the museum’s debut, sixth graders conducted research on various people from history, wrote a report about the person and practiced posing perfectly still to give the illusion of a wax figure.
All that prep work culminated with tours of the museum in late October, where family members, classmates and teachers made their way throughout the exhibit.
“This is our eighth year doing the wax museum and it’s always a great lesson,” said sixth grade teacher William Cahill. “The kids have more than 200 people from history to choose from and research as part of this unit. They put a lot of work into this and it shows.”
According to Cahill, sixth graders receive a plethora of knowledge and life lessons from the wax museum activity.
Students develop life skills such as work ethic, perseverance, confidence and communication, while also getting a better idea of the people and events who helped shape the world.
“It’s important that they learn about history rather than have the attitude that ‘I can look it up on my phone if I need to,’” he said. “They are responsible to have some base knowledge of our nation’s history and our world’s history, and this allows them an opportunity to do that.”