Inspired by the movie, “Night at the Museum,” Volney Elementary School’s gymnasium was recently transformed into a wax museum that featured sixth grade students who portrayed famous historical figures.
Volney’s “Day at the Museum” tour was the culmination of a history research project.
The sixth graders were tasked with finding out what an individual was most famous for, interesting facts about that person that museum guests may not know and other pertinent information to be displayed at each exhibit.
Sixth grade teacher Bill Cahill said 49 students participated in the event, including one student who acted as a museum security officer.
Students posing as historical figures such as the Wright brothers, Abraham Lincoln and Helen Keller, among several others, switched poses with the magic click of Cahill’s remote.
Several teachers and parents commended students for their commitment to their roles and for completing the necessary research to pull it all off.
Cahill said the experience served as a fun and educational way to explore history, help students embrace confidence and to persevere through its challenges.