Valdosta Daily Times

April 5, 2014

Crossroads students take part in Living History Museum

Kristin Finney
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The students at Crossroads Baptist School have been learning their history lessons in a unique way this semester. While learning from a book is always beneficial, the students at Crossroads were able to learn their history lessons by acting them out during their Living History Museum.

Students began studying a unit on Americans in history that have made an impact on the nation. After studying the unit, Crossroads decided to hold their living history museum.

The Crossroads living history museum allowed 24 third grade students to portray these influential figures in history for fellow students, family and friends.

Students portrayed historical figures involved with womens rights, workers rights, education, civil rights, the founding fathers, and many others. Some of the people portrayed included Eleanor Roosevelt, Benjamin Franklin and Susan B. Anthony.

"They studied historical figures who fought and made great gains in the areas of women’s rights, worker’s rights, education, civil rights, and those who made a difference by leading many to Christ. Students were instructed to either become one of the people we studied, or become someone who was effected by the gains made by others," said Cheryl Cole, third grade teacher at Crossroads.

As visitors walked through the “museum,” the kids would “come to life” and inform guests as to who they were and why they were there.

Cole explained, "I feel it’s important for the kids to not only learn history through this unit, but to understand that it doesn’t matter where we come from; we all have the potential to see a need and help make a change. That’s what our country was founded on: people who wanted freedom and were willing to fight for it. We have all benefitted from the efforts made by others.”