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American history comes alive at Warrenville Elementary Living Wax Museum

American history comes alive at Warrenville Elementary Living Wax Museum


By Larry Wood/Aiken Standard

The Aiken County School Board will see Tuesday the initial plans for additions and new schools to be funded by the $90 million bond referendum voters passed in May 2018.

The special meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the district office for Aiken County Public Schools at 1000 Brookhaven Drive.

The plans are for additional classrooms and enhanced security at Midland Valley High, Hammond Hill Elementary, Belvedere Elementary and Millbrook Elementary.

Two new schools, Highland Springs Elementary and Highland Springs Middle, will be built in the Highland Springs residential development between Graniteville and North Augusta at Exit 22 of Interstate 520.

Board members also will hear the first presentation on the 2019-20 budget and an update on the school district's debt portfolio.

The students researched their characters, wrote papers and speeches and, Friday morning, shared what they learned – dressed in period costumes – with their peers, parents, grandparents and friends.

“By combining reading and writing with social studies, we've brought back Shoeless Joe Jackson, Duke Ellington and Theodore Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt,” said Justice, who also is a former elementary English language arts student. “The students are just owning this today, and that is what truly is an educational experience for them.”

The students “engrossed” themselves in each character and “became that person,” fifth-grade teacher Ann McGhee said, adding the students wrote autobiographical speeches as if they were the person for their living presentations. Writing a speech is another state standard.

“Today is their day to share everything they have learned,” McGhee said. “Today, they are so proud of themselves, which makes me so very proud of them. They truly do know the person inside and out.”

And the students learned from one another – all while having fun.

“They helped each other learn and memorize their speeches,” McGhee said. “They, in turn, also learned about each others' influential person. My class can probably recite each other student's person just from their working together so well.”