Heath Springs Elementary School celebrated Black History Month by having students dress up as historical Black figures for its annual living wax museum Feb. 23.
HSES fifth-grade teacher Tara Steele said students chose the historical figure that they wanted to depict a month in advance, and did research for an essay. The five-paragraph essays discussed the person’s background, family history, what made them famous and their major accomplishments.
“My favorite part is when they get to dress up and do the living wax museum because the kids get so excited about it,” she said.
Both HES fifth-grade classes participated, led by teachers Steele and Ashli Sheppard.
Steele said they try to encourage students to look at all types of historical figures, from athletes, to civil rights leaders, to authors and so on.
“Even though Martin Luther King, of course, is probably one of the most famous, we don’t want 10 Martin Luther Kings, we want different African Americans represented,” Steele said.
Heath Springs Mayor Eddie Moore visited the living wax museum, which was a big deal to the teachers who put the event together.
“I’ll be honest, I don’t know if the students even knew (that the mayor was present), but I know the teachers were more excited that the mayor was here,” Steele said.
Moore’s nephew, Jayden Geathers, is a student in Sheppard’s class, which is how the mayor found out about the event.