2018-04-07 / News

Elementary Students Present Michigan Topics in ‘Wax Museum’

By Jacob A. Ball


In a presentation about notable Michigan residents, fourth grade student Dax Sigler (left) chose Malcolm X, who lived in Lansing as a child, while fifth grade student Vincent Davis dressed as the University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh. In a presentation about notable Michigan residents, fourth grade student Dax Sigler (left) chose Malcolm X, who lived in Lansing as a child, while fifth grade student Vincent Davis dressed as the University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh. Elementary school students presented information about their home state to friends and family Wednesday, March 21, as part of an interactive “wax museum.” The wax museum involved students from kindergarten through sixth grade. They selected, researched, and presented a topic related to Michigan, and each made a poster for their subject. Some even dressed in costume.

Fifth grade teacher Piotr Buniewicz said that allowing the children to select their subjects made more engaged in learning. The kindergarten and first grade students each selected a symbol of the state, second and third graders presented information about local Native American tribes, and the fourth and fifth grades chose famous residents to portray. The sixth grade students focused on contemporary issues that affect the state, including the Line 5 pipeline debate and the Isle Royale National Park wolf population. Mr. Buniewicz said this was a great opportunity for the sixth graders to express their interests.


Anna Kaminen, dressed as Madame Marie Cadillac, presents her information to parents Cory and Carrie Kaminen. Anna Kaminen, dressed as Madame Marie Cadillac, presents her information to parents Cory and Carrie Kaminen. Sixth grader Derby Kromer presented information about the Line 5 pipeline, which runs under Lake Michigan at the Straits of Mackinac. He spoke to State Representative Lee Chatfield about the pipeline concerns. The interview was fun, Derby reported, and Mr. Chatfield was friendly and helpful, telling him that nothing ismore important to him than protecting the Great Lakes.

Classmates Alique Henlin and Matt Cowell discussed other issues that could harm the Great Lakes. Alique focused on the diversion of water out of the region, while Matt presented information about the storage of nuclear waste along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The three sixth grade girls also discussed environmental issues. Luna Stamy reported on the Isle Royale wolves, including the new plan to reintroduce 20 to 30 wolves to the National Park, while Makayla Rickley and Katie Burt made a joint presentation about emerald ash borer and Asian carp.


Kindergartener Max Brodeur in front of his poster about Michigan’s state bird, the robin, with his parents Carlie Bertrand and Tony Brodeur, in the school cafeteria. Kindergartener Max Brodeur in front of his poster about Michigan’s state bird, the robin, with his parents Carlie Bertrand and Tony Brodeur, in the school cafeteria. Kindergarten and first grade students read snippets about state symbols. The second and third grade presentations about local tribes included information about their traditional attire, food, and culture. Third grader Isaiah Polzin announced that he had memorized his entire speech and was eager to share information about the Potawatomi people.


At left: The kindergarten and first grade students are (from left) Max Brodeur, Jenavieve Fisher, Charli Doud, and Jadyn Rickley. They presented information they prepared about state symbols. At left: The kindergarten and first grade students are (from left) Max Brodeur, Jenavieve Fisher, Charli Doud, and Jadyn Rickley. They presented information they prepared about state symbols. To portray a famous state resident, Ottilia Styburski dressed as abolitionist Sojourner Truth in head wrap and flowing dress, and Mason McLean wore a black suit to portray U.S. President Gerald R. Ford. Fourth grader Megan Cotton dressed as famous fur trader and Madeline La Framboise of Mackinac Island.



At left: Dressed as Madame Madeline la Framboise, fourth grade student Megan Cotton performs her speech for teaching aide Kendra Korth Wednesday, March 21, in the school cafeteria. At left: Dressed as Madame Madeline la Framboise, fourth grade student Megan Cotton performs her speech for teaching aide Kendra Korth Wednesday, March 21, in the school cafeteria.

The Mackinac Island sixth graders presented information to family and friends about issues facing Michigan. The class includes (from left) Matt Cowell, Luna Stamy, Katie Burt, Makayla Rickley, Derby Kromer, and Alique Henlin. The Mackinac Island sixth graders presented information to family and friends about issues facing Michigan. The class includes (from left) Matt Cowell, Luna Stamy, Katie Burt, Makayla Rickley, Derby Kromer, and Alique Henlin.

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