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Families enjoy seeing history come to life

Thornapple Kellogg — Several influential figures, both from the past and present, shared their stories through fourth- and fifth-grade reenactors at Page Elementary School’s living wax museum.  

Students researched notable individuals like scientist Albert Einstein, astronaut Sally Ride and gymnast Gabby Douglas, dressed up and presented an oral speech to their families, peers and teachers. 

Fourth-grade teacher Nikki Witt said her favorite part of the wax museum is seeing her students learn and be successful with their final presentations.

“They had researched their person to write a five-paragraph essay and then convert that to a speech they could make in front of an audience,” she said. “They’re learning about practice, repetition and making eye contact.” 

This was Page’s second year of having a wax museum in the cafeteria and open to families. During the covid-19 pandemic, students presented their speeches in their own classrooms.

“It’s super-fun and a culmination of everything they’ve learned,” Witt said.

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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