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Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary welcomes Nashville history

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Students at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School had some fun and learned a lot this week as they turned their school into a museum. They even brought in real artifacts from a major part of Nashville history.

The "Jackie Robinson of Journalism Exhibit" brought together museum pieces and memorabilia from Mr. Robert Churchwell’s legacy.  This display had actual stools from the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins, a typewriter that Churchwell used as a journalist and more.  Enhancing the exhibit was Churchwell’s son, who spoke about the life of his father and the importance of the school.

Elsewhere, hallways were turned into "expressways" where students to displayed projects and gave presentations. The students were the main attractions as they welcomed parents and visitors to each adventure and described the things they were seeing, touching and hearing.

The kindergarten street shared a theme of “Pieces of Me,” which turned into the intersection of the first grade hallway highlighting their abilities with the theme of “Grow Up & Show Up." Second graders shared “Their Unique Family” with pictures and stories, while the third grade decorated their avenue with the theme of “Through the Looking Glass." Finally, fourth graders made a Jefferson Street design that mirrored the new pedestrian attraction now featured on the actual Jefferson Street.

As an added bonus, Mr. Bond and the Science Guys were also on hand to offer hands on experiences about science and the Tennessee State Museum Curator gave helpful tips for caring for family treasures.