By Elizabeth Tolmach, Mary Lin Second Grade Teacher
The Greek Sculpture Garden has been a Mary Lin third grade tradition for more than 10 years. On Friday, May 12, my second graders walked among the 8- and 9-year-olds dressed elaborately as Greek statues. On demand, the statues came to life and shared their stories with families, students and teachers. My students loved seeing dozens of plastic snakes coiled in Medusa’s hair.
They were in awe of the giant globe Atlas bore on his back. They enjoyed eating a chocolate gold coin from Midas after hearing his monologue. Mythology fascinates many elementary age students. “The children look forward to participating beginning in kindergarten,” says Mary Lin third grade teacher Michell Carter.
Hats off to the students for researching Greek myths, creating elaborate costumes, writing monologues, memorizing them, and presenting them with poise and confidence. I am in awe of the hard-working teachers, parents, and administrators, including Principal Sharyn Briscoe, who supported the students throughout their endeavor. Carter thinks the hard work pays off.
“Every year the event is a huge success,” she says. It “builds confidence, enriches knowledge, and leaves a lasting memory for the children and their families.” Tate Mikula as Atlas. Maribelle Fitzgerald as Demeter. Floyd Hernandez as Hades.
All photos credit: Roger Bakeman.