“It's the first question I get when they come into fifth grade. They all want to know when they get to dress up and play their roles,” Watkins said.
Five years ago, a friend suggested Watkins have her students act the roles of historical figures to help them better understand U.S. history.
In an effort to implement the idea, Watkins received a grant from the Mid-Del Public Schools Foundation that funded the purchase of the colonial costumes.
The living history museum is now an annual project for fifth-graders at Schwartz Elementary School, and parents, teachers and students serve as audience members.