Summit Middle School fifth graders “come alive” for courage

Summit Middle School fifth graders “come alive” for courage

Summit Country Day School fifth graders are decked out as courageous characters from history and literature in this class photo.

After a year of research and cross-curricular work, fifth graders at The Summit Country Day School’s Harold C. Schott Middle School presented a “Wax Museum of Courage” in May.

The capstone project is an aspect of The Summit’s Character Education Program, in which each grade level studies a character trait. The fifth grade character trait is courage.

Students chose a historical or literary figure who displayed a great sense of courage during their life and researched their backgrounds. The figures came from different nations all over the world and from different points throughout history. 

On May 4, fifth graders came to school dressed as their subjects and presented an oral biography, coming to life in the persona of their character. Visitors to the “museum” tap a makeshift button that cues each student to regale onlookers with their character’s courageous story in first person.

Read more about the distinctive signature programs in The Summit’s middle school here. See a photo gallery of the Wax Museum of Courage here.