Fourth graders dressed up and decorated display boards of contemporary and historical figures, complete with self-made “press/push” buttons to activate their exhibits. With most, if not all, of the fourth-graders presenting and their family members in attendance, the students shared interesting facts they found during their research.
Mickey Nicholes, whose grandfather Rick Winemiller was in attendance, chose Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball’s first black player. Nicholes said he chose Robinson because he likes baseball. The boy added that he enjoyed and learned a lot from the project.
“I didn’t know that he (Robinson) was in the United States Army,” Nicholes said.
Candy Christie and Darius Pool’s daughter, Cheylynn Pool, picked children’s author Jeff Kinney.
“I love his ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ books,” Pool said.
She was surprised to learn the famous author had a family.
“I didn’t know he has two kids,” she said.
Another author chosen was former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Kianna Shepard, the daughter of Chelsea Haines and Michael Shepard, first was drawn to Obama’s confidence. She said this quality made her want to learn more. The young girl said her favorite fun fact she learned was finding out the former first lady’s nickname, “Miche” (pronounced “meesh”).
Student presenters and family members shared their excitement over the annual event.
When Rick Winemiller was asked what struck him most about the museum, the grandfather said he was “honestly impressed” with all the students’ projects and their particular “choice of interesting people and topics.”