Mt. Comfort Elementary hosted their annual wax museum at the end of the year, featuring students dressed up as a famous Hoosier and sharing a brief biography when requested. Some of the famous people that students dressed up as were Michael Jackson, Orville Redenbacher, Colonel Sanders, the Wright Brothers, Florence Henderson, Tony Stewart, Jaycie Phelps, Little Turtle, and Benjamin Harrison just to name a fe w.
The wax museum started in 1995 at Mt. Comfort Elementary, and the idea was created as a way to cover many education standards in one fun project. Fourth grade students randomly drew the name of a famous Hoosier and researched that person’s biography and their accomplishments. Students then used their writing skills to put all of the information learned about their Hoosier into an essay. At the wax museum, the students dressed up as their famous Hoosier and recited their biography in front of adults, student, and the community.
The wax museum project was a great way for students to learn more about research, essay writing, and public speaking. It also gave students an opportunity to learn more about Indiana history and the accomplishments of influential Hoosiers over many time periods.