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February 16, 2009

Hayden students celebrate great thinkers of the past

By Melanie Patterson

The North Jefferson News

The hallways of Hayden Elementary School were filled with some famous figures recently.

Betsy Ross, Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln were lined up on Feb. 6 alongside Amelia Earhart, Condoleeza Rice, Neil Armstrong and many others.

The famous personalities were represented by Hayden’s 56 fourth-graders in a History Alive project, which was funded by a $1,000 Jenice Riley grant through the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

Hayden fourth-grade teacher Lisa Hargett was awarded the grant in September.

“The overall goal of History Alive is to provide the entire school and invited community with a dramatic reenactment of the chronological accounts and lives of important American figures,” according to Hargett. “By revealing these characters as full living personalities, others visiting our museum walk will be made aware of the historical character’s civic responsibilities, their motivations, as well as their deeds.”

The event was opened to parents and other members of the community.

Teachers from the neighboring Hayden Primary School took their classes through History Alive. Blount County Schools superintendent Jim Carr was also seen at the event.

Besides organizing the History Alive project, Hargett received National Board Certification in reading and language literacy in December. She was also recently selected as the Blount County Teacher of the Year.

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