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Yorktown students step back in time (video)

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
May 23, 2013 at 12:23 a.m.
Updated May 24, 2013 at 12:24 a.m.

Yorktown High School sophomore J.D. Schroeder, as the Wizard of Oz, tells third-graders about the life of author Frank Baum. High school students put on a time travel expo for the elementary school students  Thursday.

YORKTOWN - Yorktown Elementary School students took a yellow brick road back in time Thursday.

The students toured the high school's time travel expo, experiencing various historical characters and events of the past and learning about history, literature and more.

English teacher Teresa Childress said the event was intended to broaden the range of knowledge wider than the end-of-year Renaissance Festival the school had put on in years past did.

"It gave the teachers more topics and authors to draw from and gave the students more freedom to develop what they wanted," Childress said.

Each of the time period presentations took time for research, decorations and costuming, said Childress.

The high school student actors and performers manned 10 stations from medieval times to modern science.

The book "The Wizard of Oz" and the life of author L. Frank Baum were studied and shared with about 500 younger students as they made their way through.

Kelsey Lynch, a sophomore, portrayed Dorothy.

"The kids are learning about how to be brave, how to overcome their fears and not give up," Kelsey said. "It was so fun putting this together. There have been so many happy kids, and that makes it all worthwhile."

Theater arts teacher Margie Hlavaty said the students putting on the Wiz had to learn about research, script writing and making sets.

"They learned about the life of Frank Baum, the first American writer of children's literature. The little kids love it. They love anything visual."

Other stations included the Old West, roaring '20s, Greek mythology and Mother Goose.

Characters presented included Abraham Lincoln, Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin.

Sophomore J.D. Schroeder was the Wizard of Oz.

"The project was fun to put on," J.D. said. "It was fun to dress up. It was fun to do something that can help them in their everyday life, like be brave."

Annabel Pena said her fourth-graders were excited about the time travel.

"They are really enjoying it," Pena said. "They are being exposed to subjects that they've probably never been exposed to before. They are having a good time."

Mother Goose - library manager Michelle Giles - geared her students' theme to a specific audience.

"I wanted to have something in particular that the pre-K through third-graders would enjoy," she said.

"When you come in and see the flowers, it felt like you are in a fairy tale land."



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