Students wax historical

School’s living wax museum highlights historical figures

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published June 22, 2016

 Westview Elementary School third-grader Cario Rogers researched Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman Jackie Robinson for the June 14 wax museum.

Westview Elementary School third-grader Cario Rogers researched Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman Jackie Robinson for the June 14 wax museum.

Photo by Maria Allard

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WARREN — The legacy of baseball great Jackie Robinson hit a home run into Westview Elementary School’s media center June 14.

Robinson, the first black athlete to play Major League Baseball in the modern era, was brought to life by student Cario Rogers.

“He made a difference in the world of baseball,” Rogers said. “He made blacks play baseball. I searched him up on Google.”

Last Tuesday, the third-grade students dressed as various historical figures — including politicians, entertainers and sports stars — as participants in the school’s wax museum. Westview is part of Fitzgerald Public Schools.

Each student decorated a poster board to highlight his or her person’s life and achievements. Each time a visitor “pressed” a homemade paper button on the poster board, the student began speaking about their historical likeness.

Daisy El-Simmons portrayed Madam C.J. Walker.

“She’s known for making hair products. Her hair started to fall out. She didn’t know how to grow it, so she started making this product,” El-Simmons said. “I had to really research her and pay close attention. I really like her.”

El-Simmons also enjoyed the wax museum experience in general.

“I got to be all around friends helping people learning about history,” El-Simmons said.

Fashion designer Coco Chanel was in the spotlight courtesy of Tahmina Faiz. On her poster board, Faiz drew accessories that Chanel once used. She also featured the desk the fashion icon used to make her designs, along with a flowing gown. The third-grader said Chanel also kept a trash can nearby.

Micah Goodman was so moved by Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman that she decided to share her story with visitors who came to the museum.

“My mom told me all about her, so I learned about her,” Goodman said. “I thought she was a good choice for me.”

Meeting up with Michael Jackson and his sister Janet Jackson at the museum was a “Thriller.” With dark sunglasses, a hat and a white glove, Michael Jackson was played by Marcellus Curry. Julianna Nicholson, dressed head-to-toe in black, took on Janet Jackson’s persona.

Curry has been listening to Michael Jackson ever since he can remember. Nicholson’s mom introduced her to Janet Jackson’s music.

“My mom played the songs. I kind of liked them,” she said, realizing the pressure that entertainers are under to perform. “Their job is not easy. You have to get it right every night.”

With plenty of gold as part of her ensemble, Holly Harm was the ideal Cleopatra. Aden Arroyo, in a hat and vest, transformed himself into explorer Meriwether Lewis.

Other historical people made the grade, including Queen Nefertiti, by Abigail Marshall; Leonardo DaVinci, by Christopher Sandifer; Daniel Boone, from LaQuan Thaxton; and Betsy Ross, by Leahlynn Weakland.

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