SMS Night At Museum A Success
Every three years, the Sullivan Middle School comes together to host a program known as “A Night At The Museum,” in which students, faculty, and the organizations provide a night of history and social studies for the ages with more than 500 people in attendance.
This year’s event grew so large that it took up a lot of the SMS campus, including the gym, two classrooms and building entry ways.
According to Pat Burke, SMS Principal, the event included U.S. geography projects, world Geography projects and U.S. history projects. All 470 students had to complete a home project for “A Night At The Museum.”
Social studies students that attended received a passport to go to each booth and each passport received a stamp. Those students that reached all the areas received a pizza party at the end of the school year for attending.
“One neat thing we added this year was a Virtual Reality Room in two classrooms for students to put on the virtual reality head sets and be able to view two different field trips in the classroom to tour Pearl Harbor or Famous U.S. Monuments, this was a popular exhibit,” said Burke. “Tina Sohn, our art teacher, also did an amazing job with the art gallery for the event while James Grus performed history music with his guitar. A children’s book reading room was also held for reading historic children’s books.”
The event also featured several organizations participating that included: Sons of Union Veterans, Harney Mansion Foundation, Sue Blesi and Spring Bluff Heritage Days, Daniel Boone Home, Crawford County History Museum, State Historical Society of Missouri, Department of Natural Resources-Route 66, members of the First Missouri Reenactment Group and many more.
The event called for the use of 50 eight-foot tables and 25 six-foot tables to feature all of the exhibits for the night.
“Everyone in our building played a big part in this event,” said Burke. “The Social Studies Department worked very hard to make this event happen and again Tina Sohn’s art gallery was a great opener for patrons coming in.”