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Aly Brito shows off her best Joe Louis pose at the Fisk Elementary School's annual biography wax museum. (Adam Swift Photo)


Salem students transform into historical characters

SALEM — By staying almost perfectly still, second-grade students at Fisk Elementary helped bring some major historical figures to life on Friday.

For the fourth year, students in the school's three second-grade classrooms hosted the school's biography wax museum.

"It's something the school looks forward to every year, even the students in other classes," said second-grade teacher Chelsea Ford, "curator" of the wax museum.

In March, the students work on their biography research reports and projects. At the beginning of April, the students invite parents, teachers, and other students in the school to take a tour through the room to check out the biography wax museum.
While the students are frozen in place during the tour through the museum, their research papers and drawings of the famous folks they are emulating are posted throughout the rooms.

This year's crop of famous wax figures included noted children's authors such as Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl, early American heroes such as Paul Revere and Benjamin Franklin, and storied athletes including Joe Louis and Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
Lisa Chevaire represented Zaharias, complete with trophies and a basketball.

"Many people think that I was the best female athlete," Chevaire wrote in her report. "My nickname was Babe because I won the Babe Ruth baseball contest."
Not to be outdone by Chevaire's athletic accomplishments, Aly Brito put on the gloves and posed as legendary heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis.

"When I was young, my Mom told me to quit boxing but I never quit and never gave up," Brito wrote.
Ford said the biography wax museum has been a popular and effective method for teaching about non-fiction writing.

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