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History comes to life in classroom

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If you find history a little bit boring, the students Butte Central Elementary know how to make the subject come alive by making their own special wax museum.

"Hello, my name is William Clark. I was co-captain of the legendary Lewis and Clark expedition", says student Aiden Sorich.

Another student,  Mollie Drew is portraying a different character, "My name is Helen Keller. I was born on June 27th, 1880 in Alabama."

For the last four years fifth grade teacher Heidi Burgess has been putting on a wax museum where the students transform themselves into some of the most influential people in American history. It's all about breathing life into history. 

Teacher Heidi Burgess told us why she does this, "Well, the kids don't like doing reports, so I was trying to find something that they really enjoy. First, it started with them dressing in costumes and then we added the posters and the biography bottles later and the kids really enjoy it."

The students really get into this event with all these historical figures right here in the flesh.  But what are they learning?  We asked them a few trick questions.

So what did you do, Paul?

"I warned the Minute Men about the British invasion" answered Greysen Gillis who was there as Paul Revere.

You think you could beat up George Washington?

"Probably", answered Marc McGillen

We were just talking to President Roosevelt and he said he could beat you up.

Bryce Keane said, "I don't think that's true." 

The we got a chance to talk to another former president and asked Mr. Kennedy. What can my country do for me?

"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country", replied T.J. Anderson.

We got a chance to ask Annie Oakley about her shooting skills and she did take aim but Katie Bostwick wasn't quite the gunslinger she was portraying but all of them did a great job bringing history to life.

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