C.R. Hanna Elementary School student writers

Posted Online: Jan. 05, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Our School's Wax Museum
By Ryan Jungwirth
Fifth grade
I am a famous director, I was born in December, and I created Mickey Mouse. Who am I? Walt Disney of course! I had a lot of time to prepare for our school's wax museum. We had a class presentation and we said our speech a lot the day of the wax museum.
Preparing for the wax museum was the hardest part. I had to write a speech about Walt Disney that included factual information about his life. First I looked at a couple of encyclopedias. Then I used some websites and printed 26 pages from the Internet. It took me a week to gather my information!
We had to do a class presentation for a grade. I got an A+! I thought everybody did great. I was close to the last person to go. My props were a stuffed Mickey Mouse, colored pencils, and a book of construction paper.
The day of the wax museum we walked around school and hung up our signs for where we were going to be. I was in the gym. When I got home I showered, got dressed, and put on my mustache. When I got there a lot of people wanted to hear my speech. My pose was me pretending to draw. In order to hear someone's speech, people had to drop a coin in the cans to "activate" the person just like a real life wax museum! The money we made will be used for a class trip and the rest will be donated to charity.
The wax museum was great! I loved hearing the other kids say their speeches. I learned a lot too! Next October be sure to check out our school's Wax Museum!

Living Wax Museum
By Nicole Smith
Fifth grade
What? You've never been a wax figure before? The C.R. Hanna Elementary fifth-graders had a living wax museum! A living wax museum is a museum where kids dress up and become a historical character. The fifth-graders had to research, write a speech, get prepared, and then perform.
The fifth-graders researched their historical characters to write speeches for the wax museum project. They collected information from a variety of sources including the Internet, encyclopedias, books, and articles. Then they recorded the information by taking notes. They used their notes to write a speech.
After writing a speech they had to get prepared. The fifth-graders started by memorizing their speech. Then they gathered their supplies like their costumes and props. They also had to choose a pose. Then they practiced for their performance.
On performance night of the wax museum, fifth-grade students had to be at school ready to perform. While performing, students stayed focused and spoke clearly. They stayed still like a wax figure until someone dropped a coin in their bucket. Then they became their historical character.
Now you know about the 5th Grade Living Wax Museum at C.R. Hanna Elementary. Students had to research and write a speech. After they wrote their speech, they had to get prepared by memorizing their speech and getting supplies like their costumes and props. They also had to choose a pose. On performance night, students had to be at school ready to perform. There were lots of characters like F.D.R, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and even more! If you want to have the experience of a wax museum, you should attend one sometime.

United States Historical Wax Museum
By Rylee Wells
Fifth grade
"Beep! Attention Students! The wax museum is now open for business." Finally! The day we've been waiting for! In October, all fifth-grade students of C.R. Hanna Elementary performed a special presentation for parents. In this presentation, we picked a United States historical figure, wrote and memorized a speech, got a costume, and had the actual Wax Museum Night.
Let me tell you about how we wrote and memorized our speech. First, we had to get on the computer or read books about the person we chose. In the speech, we had to include their place and date of birth, their childhood, their adulthood, and their date of death. The speech had to be more than 45 seconds long and less than 2 minutes long. To get a costume, we had to find a picture of our person and try to find clothes that they might have worn during that time. For my costume, I wore a black lacy shirt, a long black skirt, and a pair of tall black boots.
After weeks of preparing, Wax Museum Night actually came. Everyone knew their speech, and had their costumes and props. The wax museum was an hour long and went from 6 to 7 p.m. Everyone had about 15 minutes to practice their speech a few more times. Finally, the wax museum starts! We had to sit or stand in a position until someone dropped a coin in our can, and then we got up, said our speech, and went back in our position. About a half an hour into the wax museum, people came by giving everyone a bottle of water.
So now you know the things we had to do to get ready for the Wax Museum. So do you think you would want to be in the wax museum?

Voting Day
By Jenna Woolley
Fifth grade
"Vote for Obama, vote for Romney!'' The fifth-graders at C.R. Hanna held a mock election back in October. Voting day was a great experience because it was awesome getting to set up and prepare for the mock election. They also participated in voting day. At the end they all got to see the results. It was a lot of fun!
Before students got to vote, there was a lot of preparation. Fifth-graders made posters for the hallway, Obama and Romney posters to show the classrooms, and voter registration cards for every student in the school. There was one thing that made them pretty nervous; some of the fifth-graders had to speak to a bunch of classes and explain who Obama and Romney were! A few people decorated voting booths and sure did a great job! The whole fifth grade did research about the candidates to help them decide who to vote for.
Finally, voting day was here! Every student got to vote on computers and in order to vote you had to click on Obama or Romney's picture. Still, the fifth-graders were in charge of voting. You absolutely had to bring your voter's registration card! The whole school got to vote and there was so much excitement! When students were done voting, they received an ''I Voted Sticker.''
After voting day, students had to wait to hear the results. The principal came over the intercom and reminded students that "every vote does count." He told them that the real voting day for adults was Nov. 6, one week after ours. He also said the results for the mock election weren't in yet and like a real election students had to wait to find out the results. The next morning, the principal came on the intercom again and said Obama won in our school election. They compared C.R. Hanna results to other schools' and the kids across the country chose Obama just like C.R. Hanna.
As you can see voting day was a great experience! This is an activity that every school should take part in!


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  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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