Friday, February 5, 2016

Elementary Schools Present Annual Kentucky History Wax Museum

Curtis Rust as John Calipari
It may be difficult to believe but last night, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Boone, Colonel Sanders, and John Calipari all gathered in the same room.  They were joined by Heather Renee French, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Lawrence, and Rosemary Clooney (who’s nephew, George, was also present). These famous Kentuckians (portrayed by fourth graders in the Fort Thomas School system) gathered together to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Local Police Dog program.

John Doughtery and Sen. Wil Schroder. 
On Thursday, February 4, fourth grade students at all three Fort Thomas Independent Schools, Johnson, Moyer, and Woodfill, presented their annual Kentucky History Wax Museum as a fundraiser. Each year, the students choose to be a famous or influential Kentuckian from history or current events.  The students dress as these characters, memorize facts about their lives, and generally portray the character.   The students wait in a freeze frame until a spectator drops money into their coin-operated slot at which point the student comes to life and gives facts from their character’s life.

Last year I attended solo but this year, after hearing all about it from my quite-impressed Kindergarten student (“Mom, how do they know all that stuff to say?”), I took my three-year-old (quite the performer herself) who was awestruck at this historical caricature performance.  I too was impressed by the historical facts, the character-portrayals, and how great a charitable event it was.  Check out the photos below to see for yourself and feel free to add your own of your children.
Samantha Heilman as Jennifer Lawrence

Chris Buchert as Muhammad Ali

Nora Greiwe as Tori Murden

Josiah Richards as Pee Wee Reese

Madie Lecky as Martha Layne Collins

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