BROOKSVILLE — Josephine Maher's second-grade class put on a "wax museum" several weeks ago, and a local legislator was impressed after reading about it in the St. Petersburg Times.
State Rep. Robert Schenck, 34, a former high school history teacher, decided to recognize the Pine Grove Elementary School students' efforts.
He wrote letters on official stationery congratulating each child and sent the letters to Maher to deliver them to the students. Maher invited Schenck to her classroom to hand out the letters himself.
Schenck visited the Pine Grove second-grade class on May 19 and the students were ready.
He was greeted at the door and asked to sign the guest book. Then, he was directed to a rocking chair and shown a DVD of the museum so he could see the students in action.
Maher said the children practiced many skills while working on the project: Reading, research, vocabulary, math, calendar, history, science, writing, coins and time lines.
They also practiced public speaking for the part of the project that involved reciting information to visitors while standing in costume.
After the DVD presentation, Schenck encouraged the children to keep up the good work and told them how the figures they portrayed can inspire them to great things. The children lined up in front of the representative and individually, and politely, thanked him as they received their letters.
The visit ended with the students telling Schenck what they had learned when they researched him before he came. He is married and has two children. He was born in 1975 in New Jersey.
He is in his second term as representative for District 44, which is 95 percent Hernando County and includes some areas of Pasco and Sumter counties.
Schenck told the students he had just finished a tough session in Tallahassee, complimented teachers and wished them all a great summer.
Afterward he said when he read the story he realized the wax museum was "something out of the ordinary" and thought it should be "celebrated and appreciated."