History in wax

2010-04-30T08:30:00Z History in waxby SEPP JANNOTTA - Staff Reporter Ravalli Republic
April 30, 2010 8:30 am  • 

While the school itself boasts a 120 year history, a timeline a bit longer than that came to life Tuesday night at the Grantsdale School's community dinner.

Some 24 Grantsdale fifth graders were arrayed along the old school's hallways, posing as wax figures, taken from the annals of history.

Sacajawea was there.

So were Betsy Ross, George Washington and John Hancock.

From Samuel Colt to Davy Crocket, the Wright brothers to Neil Armstrong, history came alive in all its waxen glory.

"It was absolutely amazing, the kids did such a great job," Grantsdale Principal Kathleen Dent said of a wax museum experience that included push-button oral presentations from the players. "They worked so hard on it and they just came to life."

The virtual wax museum was laid out beginning with the American Revolution and ending with Neil Armstrong.

"We built a timeline and the Grantsdale School's founding was part of it," Dent said. "So the kids could see where Grantsdale fit in, which is kind of around the time of Wyatt Earp and James Naismith.

Naismith, you may remember, was the inventor of the sport of basketball.

Dent said with the help of some local businesses, the school sold over 100 tickets to its spaghetti dinner, which was laid out for school families and community members.

Dent said, while the 120th year of Grantsdale School was not really the focus of this week's gathering, the community is invited to join in for the celebration, a barbecue and field games event tentatively scheduled for June 4.

"We're going to do a community picnic with some old-fashioned games," Dent said. "It should be a lot of fun."


Reporter Sepp Jannotta can be reached at 363-3300 or sjannotta@ravallirepublic.com.


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