TAVARES — A scarecrow set up post last week in the Lake County Historical Museum, located at 317 W. Main St. in Tavares, to honor the students that created the unique bird-scarer and to show that there are many ways to reuse items that could be mistaken as useless.
First and second grade students from Kathy Williams’ class at Altoona School Inc., a public charter school serving Lake and Southeast Marion counties, entered the scarecrow, lovingly named Rosco P. Scarecrow, at the annual Lake County Fair for a 4-H project. The students’ scarecrow entry was awarded “best in show” at the fair, which won $25 for the school.
“The 4-H theme for the year was going green, so that’s how Rosco became a reused scarecrow,” said Fran Shanaver, a 4-H volunteer with the Altoona School.
The class reused a few pieces, such as the frame, hat and gloves, from last year’s scarecrow entry at the fair and then used a water jug for the head, old newspapers for stuffing, an old pair of boots and other discarded clothing.
“This project sends an important message that we can all learn to reuse and recycle many items we would normally just throw away,” said Sharon Tatum, Public Education Specialist with the Lake County Department of Environmental Utilities, who along with the Lake County Extension Office, were instrumental in bringing the scarecrow to the County museum.
Students of Kathy Williams’ class at Altoona School includes Hayden Benedict, Haley Benedict, Charlie Phillips, Savannah Keller, Skyler Crimer, Danaee Yeager, Seth Daniels, Logan Williams, Isaiah MacDonald, Joshua Sakowicz, Sonjia Waldron, Jouzah Geidel, Dixie Miller, Natalie Mosher, Justin Ritter, Sparkle Rice, Nathan Bryant, Xzandar Thomas and Shoun Magrum.
The museum, which features free admission, is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. There is always something new to see and do at the Lake County Historical Museum. For more information, call the Museum at (352) 343-9600.