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Benjamin Franklin
John Colter

The fifth graders at Lincoln Elementary School each chose a famous historical character, researched 10 to 15 important events in that individual's life, prepared a timeline, then gathered props and costumes for the "Hall of Heroes," an event to share what they'd learned with their younger classmates. There were some familiar characters, like Ben Franklin (above), portrayed by Ethan Dressel, as well as less well-known historical figures such as John Colter (below), selected by Tanner Cundiff. Tanner explained Colter was a mountain man and explorer who was a member of the famous Lewis & Clark expedition. He led an exciting life -- he was captured by Indians and later died in service to his country.

Other historical figures represented in the "Hall of Heroes" included Eleanor Roosevelt, Sacajawea, Albert Einstein, the Wright Brothers, Cesar Chavez, Jackie Robinson, Walt Disney, Helen Keller and Wilma Rudolph -- an Olympic runner who overcame polio.

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