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Lutheran Schools Week Celebrated by Zion-St. John


January 24, 2019

First graders; Rayce Fiddelke, Emily Kirchner, Bentley Wirtz and Colton Foresman.

Each year Lutheran schools take time to celebrate and be recognized. In Paullina, Zion-St. John holds a variety of activities each year. Many of the activities are annual, like the book fair. For kids and families it is filled with activities and togetherness.

Wednesday evening is a big day for public involvement. Students, staff and the administration invites the public to come for a free will soup supper starting at 5:30 followed by entertainment by the students beginning at 6:00pm.

Third graders; Teacher Terry Paulsen, Adrianna Ebel, John Puhrmann, Kaydyn Kuehn, Connor Hedberg, Sarah Puhrmann, Jackson Simm and Jasper Johnson.

Beyond the musical performance of the student body the 5th and 6th grade students transform themselves into living wax figures of the bible. These upper class ZSJ students have been researching bible characters. They have worked under the guidance of Pastor Wagner learning the bible for each student's selected character. The research was sourced from a hard cover bible, not internet; not any other source. This activity is identified by Mrs. Jacque Bird as one of the challenges the students faced for this project. The appearance of the wax figures, their "costumes" was also part of the required research.

Mrs. Char Sweeney over saw an essay submitted by each student and his/her selected biblical character. Students submitted an outline and a couple drafts before their final submission. Students will also paint, under the guidance of Mrs. Bird, a 3'x6.5' backdrop where the biblical characters will come to life. Students will present a 30 speech as their character. Each speech is started by putting a "coin" in the "slot". This will take place in the gym from 5:30 – 6:30pm.

The wax museum promises to be a fun new way to show the learning from research and adult guidance. The wax museum promises to be a fun way for the community to see 5th and 6th grade students put on a unique show.


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