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Waxing presidential

JULIE SUTORsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Summit County Christian School student Briana Zvorak, left, models as the First Lady Caroline Harrison, wife of U.S. President Benjamin Harrison, Monday at The Outlets at Silverthorne. Her classmate, Anthony Smith, poses as 32nd president Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
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SILVERTHORNE – Madame Tussaud would have been proud, notwithstanding her French heritage.Summit County Christian School (SCCS) students honored Presidents’ Day Monday by creating a temporary wax museum, bringing to life their favorite American presidents and first ladies.

Caroline Harrison, wife of President Benjamin Harrison and first President General of the Daughters of the American Revolution, sat in a blue taffeta dress, reading an antique book, her cheeks as pink as they must have been in 1889 when she moved to the White House.A bespectacled Franklin D. Roosevelt contemplated the New Deal and the attack on Pearl Harbor from his wheelchair, while staid New Englander Franklin Pierce sat nearby pondering slavery in the expanding American West.Colorful, museum-style signs next to each character featured brief biographies and excerpts from speeches. The still figures appeared remarkably lifelike – especially when they broke for lunch.

“This is the first time we’ve done this,” said SCCS fifth- and sixth-grade teacher Debbie Lengel. “It’s part of our curriculum to study the office of the president. But they put more into this than just learning about the presidents – we pulled in art, history, English and science. They had to learn so much to get to this point.”Fifth-grader John Edelmon was suffering from laryngitis Monday, but it didn’t keep him from donning his Franklin Pierce costume. And his sore throat provided added incentive to stay quiet as he posed.

“I think it was really fun,” Edelmon said. “I was sick, but I came anyway, because we worked so hard. This costume’s very hot, and your knees get locked from sitting still, so you have to stretch every once in awhile.”Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at jsutor@summitdaily.com.


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