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History lives on at Leighton wax museum

Leighton Elementary School recently transformed its fifth-grade classrooms into temporary wax museum exhibits, following students’ research efforts of historical figures.
The fifth-graders’ peers, Leighton staff members and special guests toured the two classrooms as they were amazed by the life-like figures, portrayed by fifth-graders. Both classrooms were set-up like a real museum, complete with lighted walkways and displays. The famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the great inventor Nikola Tesla were just two of the many figures represented by the students.
“They do a good job,” one guest said as he toured the 1950’s diner-themed classroom of fifth-grade teacher Tom Wiegand.
Wiegand, dressed as a 1950s crooner, explained to visitors that each student selected their desired celebrity and advocated for why they should portray that individual. They researched the person and wrote a detailed essay before they portrayed them in costume. Wiegand said all fifth-graders were able to complete the assignment upon learning about the note-taking process, completing rough drafts of their essay and utilizing Google Mail and Google Docs to receive teacher edits and comments.
The 17th annual event also featured a drive-in theme in the classroom of colleague Jamie Turtura.

The Shawn Johnson wax figure, portrayed by fifth-grader
Anastasia Galt, was one of dozens of people of notoriety who
recently came to life at Leighton Elementary School.

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