"Historic Wax" Figures "Come To Life"

By Maureen Mespell
By Jason Meyers

February 17, 2012 Updated Feb 17, 2012 at 9:20 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- If you stopped by Saint Charles School this afternoon, you would have come across a wax museum of a different sort.

Everybody who's anybody was there. From Sacagawea to Teddy Roosevelt and Walt Disney.

The assignment?

St. Charles Teacher Mrs. Freiburger says, "We research a famous American, which ties us in with our American history in our fifth grade class. And then they do their oral presentation as a one to two minute memorized speech in first person from the point of view of their famous American that they've been researching."

If the fifth graders weren't presenting, they were to remain perfectly still, as if they were all wax figures in a museum. Once you press the star attached to a famous figurehead, they come to life.

"It's getting them enthused about finding out about other people and doing research," says Freiburger.

All the students looked like they were getting plenty of practice with their speeches as proud parents and grandparents made the rounds. Whether you were looking for a great minds or a great athlete, there was a wax figure for everyone.

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