By Chris Kieffer
MOOREVILLE – Mooreville Elementary School kindergartners will share Elvis with other students from around the world.
The students in Ginnie Waite’s class each decorated a cardboard gingerbread man to look like Elvis. They will be sending them to schools in Queensland, Australia; Quebec, Canada; Alaska and Hawaii, among others. They also will receive a decorated gingerbread man from each of those schools, as well as a letter describing each local community.
The project emerged from a Facebook group that Waite has joined with about 500 kindergarten teachers from throughout the world. One of them asked for other teachers to participate in the traveling gingerbread project, and about 100 agreed. They were divided into four groups of about 25 schools that will share their creations with the others in their group.
“It is important for them to know there are other places in the world beside Mooreville, Mississippi,” said Waite. “This not only expands their knowledge of their state, but one day, when they read a story about Queensland, Australia, they’ll have knowledge to build upon.”
Waite’s students gave their gingerbread men an Elvis pompadour, a curled lip, sunglasses and a microphone. They also had a Mooreville Troopers shirt and a mockingbird to represent Mississippi.
The class has studied Elvis for the past two weeks. On Wednesday, it held a celebration in which students ate gingerbread, read stories about gingerbread and listened to Elvis music.
“My favorite song is ‘Hound Dog,’” said Cooper Goff, 6, “because it is the only one I know.”