Social studies students at Conway High School-West are making a trip to the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock to see the "World of the Pharaohs: Treasures of Egypt Revealed" exhibit, which is on display until July.
Coach Jim Brown, a member of the social studies department at CHS-W, said all 11th- and 12th-grade world history students and are going to see the exhibit. A total of about 600 students will see the Egyptian artifacts during the month of October, he said.
He said that 125 students attended last week, and 125 would go this week, followed by more next week.
"Instead of just going and coming back, we’re combining it with a trip to the Clinton Library. We kind of took a straw poll ... about 85 percent (of students) had never been to the Clinton Library. We decided that was something they needed to see," he added.
He said the exhibit featured three mummies and items from the pyramids. Tour guides also provided information about the Egyptians’ beliefs about the afterlife, Brown said.
"They put mini statues in as servants because in the next life, the pharaohs needed servants. They did all kinds of things to make their transition into the next life easier," he said.
Anna Vammen, an 11th-grade world history student, said of the exhibit, "It was really fun, and the tour was very informational and entertaining, but not boring. It was quick. We’ve been learning all about Egypt. It was fun seeing the artifacts we’ve been learning about. It was a nice break from school. It was well put-together."
Another of Brown’s 11th-grade students, Morgan Walker, said, "They had a bunch of Egyptian artifacts and tombstones ... and we saw a mummy. It was pretty neat. (The tour guide) told us how they wrapped him up to preserve the body. We learned about the clothing, what they wore and what they drew on the walls. It was really fun. They made it really enjoyable to be there. It was not boring."
Brown said the arts center charged half-price for the students, who were responsible for paying for their own tickets. Some students could not afford the $11 tickets, however. The school asked local banks for help, he said. Bank of the Ozarks, Centennial Bank and an employee collection at Bank of America made it possible for all students to attend, he said.
"We feel privileged. A world history field trip comes along once in a great while, and Little Rock was one of four cities chosen to host the Pharaohs exhibit," Brown said.