Fressia Flores Olivas, left, as Cleopatra with Jostin Lopez as Ernest Hemingway.

Visitors to the Stanley Switlik cafeteria during the school’s Parent to Kid (PTK) night on Nov. 30 were treated to a walk through history, courtesy of a Living Wax Museum presented by the school’s fifth graders. Tasked with choosing a historical figure to present during the museum, students were responsible for research, note-taking and report writing in order to produce a poster and create an in-person costumed representation of their chosen individual.

“The living wax museum not only showcased the students’ dedication and hard work, but also served as a unique presentation with a deeper understanding of history and honing valuable academic skills,” said Switlik social media contact Kerri Worthington. “Kudos to the fifth-grade students for their outstanding achievements in bringing history to life.”

Photos by ALLISON SAYER/Contributed

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