History comes to life at Southwest Middle School for a good cause

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On Tuesday night the historical figures returned to the halls of Southwest Middle School, but it was to raise money for a good cause

Just over 200 students dressed up as a historical figure -- and pretended to be frozen wax statues. Once money was placed in their jars, the students would "come to life" and share the story of the person they were re-enacting. All the money raised by the students from Tuesday's wax museum -- as well as another event on Thursday -- will be given to the Wake-A-Wish foundation, to help local children who are battling hardships.

Participating the wax museum not only helps the students learn how to do research, but also serves to help erase stereotypes that they may face.

Southwest Middle School 6th grade Language Arts teacher, Marshall Kambestad says, ' It's a really neat thing, this generation sometimes gets a reputation that they don't care about other people but from what we've seen in our school is that we have kids that really care about other people and really want to do things to help other people out.'

And when students like those at Southwest come together to help those who may be in a less fortunate situation than them, the experience is hard to put into words.

Regional Director of Make-A-Wish South Dakota Melanie Barclay says, ' When a child's wish comes true they forget about everything that is going on in their lives that might be stressful. It gives them a chance to take control of something in their life that they honestly don't have a lot of control of. Its just a great opportunity for them to just be kids.'

Through the Make-A-Wish foundation -- local students had their wishes granted by taking a trip Disneyland or creating an Atlantis-themed experience.