History came alive at B.H. Tharrington Primary School on Wednesday, when second-graders portrayed prominent individuals from history.
Kelly Johnson, who handles the public information duties for the school, said the children in Elaine Reals’ classroom worked for two months on a wax museum project.
The kids didn’t make wax statues, however. Instead, they dressed as characters who played pivotal roles in the history of the United States and the world as part of their living wax museum. They stood as statues until somebody pressed a button, which was their cue to tell the story of the individual who they portrayed.
According to a statement, students also created a history board about the person, which was displayed next to them.
Johnson noted Wednesday was the second time students in Reals’ class embarked on such an adventure, and the living wax museum was bigger and better than it was in the 2015-16 school year.
“Last year she had it in her room,” said Johnson, noting the program was moved to the media center this year. “She expanded it.”
Part of Reals’ ability to make the program bigger and better came by way of grant funding, explained Johnson. Grants from Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation funded the purchase of Chromebooks students used to research their characters.
Students took their assignments seriously, said Johnson. They performed in-depth research and prepared their history boards for presentation. Parents helped their children get costumes ready for Wednesday’s event.
“I have high expectations of my students and believe that they can do anything they put their mind to,” said Reals of her students. “I teach them to believe in themselves, and this project showcases that belief. I also aim to make learning a fun and enjoyable experience.”
School officials, members of the community and fellow students filed through the media center on Wednesday to take the opportunity to push buttons and watch students pop to life and tell the stories of individuals such as Amelia Earhart, Mother Teresa and Abraham Lincoln.
Of course, no tale of history in Mount Airy would be complete without a portrayal of Andy Griffith, who was played by Jaylex Gates.
Johnson said the living wax museum Reals started with the help of teaching assistant Tracey Johnson seems there to stay at Tharrington.
“I think it will become a tradition,” said Johnson.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.