Hancock Students Walk, Look, And Talk Like Egyptians

The beautiful Cleopatra, portrayed by young Riley Reed, shares some juicy details about her past. She says at 16, she married her 10-year-old brother, Ptolemy. After his death, she married Julius Caesar.

Mario Martinez, in character as King Tut, says he was born in 1345 B.C. and became king at a very young age. And Alex Donaldson says he plays Anubis - God of the Dead. He guides and embalms dead people.

The 4th and 5th grade gifted students have transformed their classroom at East Hancock Elementary into the "People and Discoveries of Ancient Egypt Museum." Teacher Joan Breazeale says they've created a lot of marvelous models, exhibits and elaborate costumes. She says it's been fun watching their imagination and creativity work.

The students even created their own models of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza. The sarcophagus and mummy display seemed to peak a lot of interest. The students say it's been a fascinating journey as they dig into Egypt's past.

Alex Donaldson says in the beginning, he thought Egypt was just about people living in the sand, but actually it's a lot more than that. It's about Gods, beliefs and hieroglyphics and so much more. Katie Wilson says she used to think they didn't do much, but she found out they do a lot in ancient Egypt.

Joan Breazeale says a lot of students have expressed interest in careers as archeologists, in research and museum curators. She says there's been a lot of interest sparked through this project. Many students say they had so much fun studying about the Egyptian civilization, they can't wait to someday travel to Egypt to see this country for themselves.