The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

November 20, 2013

Liberty-Valley students’ wax museum highlights PA’s stars

MOORESBURG — What do Grace Kelly, Henry Hynoski, Louisa May Alcott and Steve Burns all have in common?

Just ask a Liberty-Valley Intermediate School fourth-grader.

They are all Pennsylvania natives, along with Joe Montana and Lee Iacocca.

The students chose a famous Pennsylvanian to portray during Tuesday’s wax museum set up in the school.

They researched the individual’s life, wrote an essay about the person, dressed as their character would have and prepared a one- to two-minute speech about the person’s life.

Other students walked by and pushed an imaginary button to activate the figure who talked about his or her life, said teacher Amanda Mohr.

“We have about 60 kids today and hope the entire fourth grade can do this in the future,” she said.

Marleigh Patrick, 9, portrayed golfer Betsy King. “I like to watch golf. I found she was very involved with charities,” she said. Marleigh said King is still living and is originally from Reading.

Nine-year-old Jillian Hough wore a long red velvet dress with an animal print scarf to depict Grace Kelly. “My mom and others told me about her. I looked at her pictures and thought she was the prettiest,” Jillian said of Kelly who grew up in Philadelphia. Besides knowing she was married to royalty in Monaco, Jillian said she learned Kelly appeared in more than 60 TV shows.

Leah Klopp, also in fourth grade, dressed as a member of “Breaking Benjamin” because her mother was a big fan of the band, Mohr said.

“Throughout the day, we have different groups of students,” she said of the wax museum figures being featured. Mohr teaches a literacy connections class which is studying Pennsylvania history.

Gage Reichenbach, 9, picked Lee Iacocca because there was a lot of information about him.

Ten-year-old Max Norfolk took on the persona of Steve Burns, who appeared in the “Blues Clues” film. “My brother and I used to watch Blues Clues when we were little,” he said, wearing the type of sweater, with a white collar underneath, Burns sported. He discovered Burns was from Bayport and he was also a singer and a professor.

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