GUILDERLAND: Living history

"They become like family by the end of the year because we meet every day," she said. "The family environment that it creates is what a lot of the kids come for because there's such a camaraderie."

A mother, who asked not to be named, attended the 11X museum, said her daughter was so excited to portray her historical figure that she couldn't sleep the night before. Since students were graded on their knowledge of the person they portrayed, the organization they put into their speech, and the creativity of the set and the props, she said she believes her daughter learned more from the assessment than she would have from studying for a final exam.

"There's no way a test question could measure what she knows about this, and also what she's learned from the other students," she said.

For information about the 11X class, e-mail Erin McNamara at mcnamarae@guilderlandschools.org.""

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