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Happy Elementary Students Create Museum Exhibits

Aimee McCarley
54400ac54930d Aimee McCarley’s project describes her Meemaw, Villa Montene Easley Stevens. Aimee, a 5th grader, learned about life during the Great Depression through reading her Meemaw’s journals and researching the topic. Aimee is proud of her Meemaw, one of the Rosie Riveters of World War II.

Aimee McCarley’s project describes her Meemaw, Villa Montene Easley Stevens. Aimee, a 5th grader, learned about life during the Great Depression through reading her Meemaw’s journals and researching the topic. Aimee is proud of her Meemaw, one of the Rosie Riveters of World War II.

Alex Juarez
54400ac54930d Alex Juarez, 5th grader, studies the B-12 Fighter Plane. He even includes original artwork. Alex plans to be an engineer that designs airplanes when he is an adult.

Alex Juarez, 5th grader, studies the B-12 Fighter Plane. He even includes original artwork. Alex plans to be an engineer that designs airplanes when he is an adult.

Angel McCullough
54400ac54930d Angel McCullough, 4th Grader, found Amber in her backyard and decided to learn about it. She learned that Amber is fossilized tree resin and may contain preserved bugs from prehistoric eras.

Angel McCullough, 4th Grader, found Amber in her backyard and decided to learn about it. She learned that Amber is fossilized tree resin and may contain preserved bugs from prehistoric eras.

Arik Coile
54400ac54930d Arik Coile, 6th Grader, investigated why the members of the Happy Community are working to bring the Happy Depot back to Happy, Texas. He learned that the Happy Depot was the center of commerce and communication when the train stopped in Happy and he believes the return of the historical building can create an opportunity for a greater sense of community.

Arik Coile, 6th Grader, investigated why the members of the Happy Community are working to bring the Happy Depot back to Happy, Texas. He learned that the Happy Depot was the center of commerce and communication when the train stopped in Happy and he believes the return of the historical building can create an opportunity for a greater sense of community.

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54400ac54930d Bailee Baggerman

Bailee Baggerman

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54400ac54930d Breelee Dempsey

Breelee Dempsey

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54400ac54930d Daisy Berry

Daisy Berry

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54400ac54930d Emily Coile

Emily Coile

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54400ac54930d Gracie Hinkle

Gracie Hinkle

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54400ac54930d Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith

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54400ac54930d Joey Blackmon

Joey Blackmon

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54400ac54930d Josh Box

Josh Box

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54400ac54930d Kaitlyn Coile

Kaitlyn Coile

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54400ac54930d Karsen Collier

Karsen Collier

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54400ac54930d Kenli Johnson

Kenli Johnson

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54400ac54930d Kirsten Simons

Kirsten Simons

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54400ac54930d Lance Coile

Lance Coile

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54400ac54930d Rudy Melendrez

Rudy Melendrez

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54400ac54930d Sydni Middleton

Sydni Middleton

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54400ac54930d T.S. Bow

T.S. Bow

Happy Elementary Students Create Museum Exhibits

October 15, 2014

Twenty students at Happy Elementary School are participating in an enrichment project in cooperation with Swisher County Museum.  The students were challenged to create a museum exhibit addressing the topic, “History Happens to Me”.  The students created a museum display with a research binder and artifacts.  The presented their projects to their peers and parents and will share their projects with the community on Sunday, October 19, at the Swisher County Museum, from 2:00 – 4:00. 

Each child’s project was unique and afforded them an opportunity to explore an area of personal interest.  “I am amazed at the depth and detail the students applied to their projects.  They not only demonstrated initiative and drive, but hard work and higher level thinking.  I am proud of each of the project participants,” said Superintendent Wade Wesley.  Toni Waldo, Jobeth White, and Dayna McMillan were the project coaches.  The projects were completed outside the traditional school day, with students, parents and coaches meeting in the evenings and on weekends. 

Aimee McCarley’s project describes her Meemaw, Villa Montene Easley Stevens.  Aimee, a 5th grader, learned about life during the Great Depression through reading her Meemaw’s journals and researching the topic.  Aimee is proud of her Meemaw, one of the Rosie Riveters of World War II. 

Alex Juarez, 5th grader, studies the B-12 Fighter Plane.  He even includes original artwork.  Alex plans to be an engineer that designs airplanes when he is an adult.

Angel McCullough, 4th Grader, found Amber in her backyard and decided to learn about it.  She learned that Amber is fossilized tree resin and may contain preserved bugs from prehistoric eras.

Arik Coile, 6th Grader, investigated why the members of the Happy Community are working to bring the Happy Depot back to Happy, Texas.  He learned that the Happy Depot was the center of commerce and communication when the train stopped in Happy and he believes the return of the historical building can create an opportunity for a greater sense of community.

Bailee Baggerman, 5th grader, met Roger Otwell of the Otwell twins.  She was excited to have the opportunity to meet a celebrity from our area.  Both Otwell brothers still live in the Texas Panhandle and still sing regularly, most often in Branson, MO.

Breelee Dempsey, 3rd grader, interviewed her grandfather, Joe Bill Dempsey, about his career in law enforcement.  He even taught her to shoot a gun as part of the research.  Breelee has a set of handcuffs as artifacts in her display.  They are made of cord and she says you cannot get them off once they are on.

Daisy Berry, 6th grader, researched the First United Methodist Church in Happy.  Did you know that the members of the church ran out of money when building the current building after completing the basement so people gathered in the basement to roller skate?  Daisy read the church history and interviewed a long-time member of the church.

Emily Coile, 1st grader, learned the history of the Church of Christ.  She found photographs of the Gospel Chariot from 1955.  The church still uses the Gospel Chariot to pick up children for Vacation Bible School.

Gracie Hinkle, 4th grader, stated that her project was about her hero, her great-grandfather, Billy Odom.  Mr. Odom was a Military policeman, then serving as a police officer outside the military.  Mr. Odom also created jewelry out of silver and won many awards.

Jessica Smith, 4th grader, has a very unique perspective on “History Happens to Me”.  Jessica survived Hurricane Ike and relocated to Happy as a result of the storm.  She was evacuated and could not return for three weeks to her home.  When she was able to return, Jessica and her family went to local parks to eat MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat) because their homes and utilities were disabled.

Joey Blackmon, 2nd grader, created a display about the tornado and fire that destroyed the First Baptist Church of Happy.  His display has a happy ending, closing with the documentation of the dedication of the new building.

Josh Box, 4th grader, knows how to solve a problem!  When creating his display about his grandfather, Terry McCoy, Josh wanted to display some plumbing tools.  He used brads and dental floss to create a unique and eye-catching display.

Kaitlyn Coile, 5th grader, tracks four generations of Coile’s through the Happy Public School.  The first generation Coile was L.V. Coile who entered Happy Schools in the fourth grade in 1952.

Karsen Collier, 2nd grader, lives on a family farm and in the old bunkhouse at the McNeill place.  His display shows his great-grandfather, Wayne McNeill, and some of the history of his home.

Kenli Johnson, 6th grader, tells the amazing story of her great-grandmother, Hollenstein Huseman.  Mrs. Huseman traveled to California to work in a Hollywood café, serving movie stars.  What an adventure in the 1940’s!

Kirsten Simons, 2nd grader, was able to meet her great-grandmother.  Her display is a timeline of the life of Mary Charlotte Hannig Murphy and follows her from the 1920’s to the 2000’s. 

Lance Coile, 6th grader, wrote about his Uncle Paul Swanson.  Mr. Swanson received training in the U.S. Army in communications and transferred that training to civilian life with a career at Mid Plains Telephone Cooperative.

Rudy Melendrez, 2nd grader, gathered information about The Grand.  He learned that President Ronald Reagan was in a movie shown at The Grand.  He also shows the remodeled-Grand in its new life as a t-shirt and gift shop.

Sydni Middleton, 5th grader, titled her project, “The Amazing History of the Sewing Machine”.  She shows the beginning of sewing with needle and thread through the computerized machines available today.  She has samples of stitches, as well as several items she has sewn.

T.S. Bow, 5th grader, shares the story of his Great-Grandfather, Eugene Sims.  Mr. Sims served in the Air Force as a Fighter Pilot during World War II.  T.S. said the Swisher County Museum also has a display about his Great-Grandfather.  T.S.’ exhibit has original flight logs and silk maps.

The museum displays created by the students are interesting and well-done.  Happy Elementary is excited to share the concept that “History Happens to Me.”

Toni Waldo

Happy Elementary School Principal

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