Collier Elementary hosts Live Wax Museum

Texas historical figures came to life at Collier Elementary’s fourth annual Live Wax Museum on May 30.

Students and staff walked through the library while gazing up at what seemed to look like wax figures, but were actually fourth grade students. Spectators pushed a make-shift button that was marked on the “wax figure’s” hand to hear information about that individual.

The top five students from each fourth-grade class that had the best presentations were able to participate in the Texas History themed event. Some dressed up as their figure, while others used props and had very creative information boards.

“It’s more of a student-led activity for them, they are able to be as creative as they want to be,” fourth-grade social studies teacher Gwendolyne Holland said. “The students put so much pride into the work they have done and just to know they worked as a family to produce something is fantastic.”

Some of the Texas History figures that were highlighted were Lydia Mendoza, David Crockett, William B. Travis, Selena Quintanilla and Rene-Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle.

One figure stood out in particular to fourth grade student, Jason Eslora while he was doing research. He learned that one of his ancestors was actually a big part of Texas History. Jason’s great-great-great grandfather was Texas John Slaughter who was known for many accomplishments. Besides being a Civil War veteran, a professional gambler, and an Arizona State Representative during his lifetime, Texas John Slaughter was also a symbol of the American West and a much celebrated hero.

“Jason was one of my students that wrote a paper discussing why he chose Texas John Slaughter to do his presentation on and I was just blown away. I thought it was a fantastic and a great way for him to learn about his family,” added Holland. “The students not only learn more about Texas History but they bring that person to life for the younger kids and I just think it’s truly amazing.”

Collier will continue to make the Live Wax Museum a tradition on campus for incoming fourth grade students.

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