American Renaissance School third-graders recently created a living wax museum to honor the achievements and contributions of African-Americans.

The school’s Donovan Cook Center was packed with participating students and family members, who came to watch the students share what they learned about their subjects.

“I think it’s cool that kids are learning different parts of our history,” said parent Mack Murray, whose daughter, Andrea, was among the participants. He brought his older son, Adam.

“I’m a history buff,” Adam said. “I think it’s cool how some things change, but some things stay the same. It’s different to see how far we’ve come.”

Parent Sha’Yeka Jones also appreciated the wax museum. 

“It’s very informative to all the children,” she said. “All history matters, but I feel like we’re the ones who go unnoticed. It’s important to recognize the one month that pays reference to black history.”

Janet Spicer, a third-grade teacher, said the project included lessons in history, research, and social studies.

“I’m very proud of the students for their public speaking skills,” she said. “Even the shy students did a fantastic job. It was great seeing them perform in front of the other people.”