Elementary School Exhibit Closes

9 years 2 weeks 6 days ago Wednesday, October 27 2010 Oct 27, 2010 Wednesday, October 27, 2010 7:57:33 AM CDT October 27, 2010 in News
FULTON - The Winston Churchill Memorial and Library displayed the "Overcoming Intolerance" exhibit for the last time Monday. Students at West Boulevard Elementary in Columbia created the exhibit, which has been on display since August.

Students created panels, booklets and artwork to track the history of intolerance in America, from the slave trade to today.

"Their teacher decided that a way to do cross-curriculum would be to create a mini-museum," curator Liz Murphy said, "and that way these students would be able to do reading, writing, a little math and art."

The exhibit gave students a chance to be more creative and think beyond textbooks and tests, Murphy said.

Attendance has been good for the exhibit, with many people coming from Columbia to see the work of students they know, Murphy said. Students who helped create the exhibit served as tour guides for a special opening in August.

This is the second year the Churchill Memorial sponsored an exhibit from West Boulevard Elementary. They plan to continue sponsoring the exhibits for as long as West Boulevard wants to provide them, Murphy said.

"Sometimes I think West Boulevard is forgotten about," assistant director Sara Winingear said.

"It's a really great initiative because it lets children who do not necessarily have the opportunities that all school children do get a chance to explore different areas of curriculum," Murphy added, "and then show off their artwork in a professional museum setting."

Funds raised from this year's exhibit will go back into the museum's budget to support similar projects in the future.

A "Victorian Christmas" exhibit will replace "Overcoming Intolerance" starting next week. The "Overcoming Intolerance" displays will be returned to the students who created them.

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