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Historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein and King Tut were all gathered in the Genet Elementary School gymnasium on Friday as students portrayed them as part of the fourth grade Interactive Wax Museum.

The students, who were dressed in costume to imitate their person, stood in front of poster boards and explained who they were and their importance to history as other classes and family members listened intently.

This is the second year in a row that fourth grade has completed this project, which teaches students about conducting research, citing sources, word processing and public speaking.

Students selected a person from history and then researched them at school. They made their posters and costumes at home.

“I learned a lot about my person,” said fourth grader Nick Turner, who researched Leonardo da Vinci. “He had a lot of works of art and he had a lot of amazing paintings.”

The project was coordinated by fourth grade teachers Jessica Csakany, Daniel Scher, Jenna Turnbull and Sarah Virnelli.

“We love the wax museum project,” Principal Ana Yeomans said. “We’re really grateful to our fourth grade teachers for organizing it because it’s an opportunity for our students to become immersed in history.”