The Greeks, Egyptians and Romans were neck-and-neck in their race to get one kid mummified first. Kids on all three teams, dressed in togas, headdresses and even Egyptian pharaoh beards, ran at top speed, covering their classmates in toilet paper.
“Remember to wrap your mummy from head to toe,” said Joey Mascio, who supervised the mummification.
But after Mascio called time and handed out points to each team, he slipped into an explanation: “The priest will reach inside and — ‘shhhrp’ — pull out the organs and intestines, and put everything in jars.” Then, making a slow beating sound into the microphone, he continued, “They take everything but the heart.”
“Ewww!” several students said.
This gory series of events was just one part of the Sixth-Grade Walk Through the Ancient World, a competition at Newport Heights Elementary that had students performing skits, taking quizzes and even taking on the character of ancient figures for short presentations.