Monday, April 3, 2017

Woodfill Students Honor City’s Namesake

Mayor Eric Haas at the March city council meeting with Woodfill students dressed up like Johnny Depp, Cris Collinsworth and Sen. Wil Schroder. FTM file. 
Fourth grade students from Woodfill Elementary awarded a check for $500 to the city’s General George Henry Thomas statue fund. The statue, proposed during plans for the city’s Sesquicentennial celebration, honors the Civil War Union general.

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The students raised the money through their annual Kentucky Living Wax Museum project. Each year, students in elementary schools across the state participate in the learning experience by researching and dressing up as famous Kentuckians and others from U.S. history. They write speeches for their characters and recite them for a tour of the “museum.”


Parents and friends donate at the event, and money goes to a charity of the students’ choice. This year, the students chose to donate to the statue.

Students dressed in costume visited the March City Council meeting on Monday to present the check. In a statement written by the students, they expressed the hope that others would follow their lead and donate for the statue that all can enjoy.

Supporters say raising the $100,000 to $150,000 necessary to erect the statue will not happen in time for the 150-year celebration in July, but they will continue to raise funds until the goal is met.

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