Mummies come back to life at Biloxi school

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Pharaohs are roaming the gym at North Bay Elementary School in Biloxi and mummies are coming back to life. The fourth and fifth grade CREATE students have transformed their school gym into an Egyptian museum. It's called "Walking with the Pharaohs."

On Tuesday, the museum opened.  Every class enjoyed a guided tour through a market place, library, even a food bazaar, where the students sampled Egyptian figs and grape juice.

"There are a lot of kids that when we asked them, they've never been to a museum," said CREATE teacher Cathi Brennan. "I mean it's a little chaotic, but still, they're getting to see some exhibits. They're learning about a different culture."

"The closest museum that they could probably go to that would have something on Egypt would be in Jackson or New Orleans. And with our budget cuts, we literally can't put them on a bus and go that far anymore," said CREATE teacher Mary Edelen.

The gifted students have spent the last seven months researching the country's history and culture. They used donated materials to create the exhibits and artifacts. They also prepared speeches and designed costumes to show life in Egypt from 3,000 B.C. to the days of Cleopatra.

"I think it fascinated me about how they built the pyramids and everything," said fifth grade CREATE student Camryn Brennan.

"That was fascinating and the canopic jars. It's what they put your organs in. I mean we don't do that here," said her classmate Francena Sekul.

"I had a student come up to me yesterday, and say 'I don't have a ticket. I can't come.' I said 'The whole school's invited. Your teacher has your ticket'. The students have been really excited," said Edelen.

The best part is the journey into ancient Egypt doesn't have to cost them a dime. The museum opens again Wednesday. The teachers plan to set up the museum at a nearby community center for the public to enjoy, also.

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