Excerpt from Times Standard
But the most popular room was not a country at all -- but the outer space exhibit put together by third-grade teacher Marilyn Backman.
The room featured drawings of aliens on the walls, which were lined with black plastic to darken the space. Planets fell from the ceiling, where a replica of a rocket ship hung down above the floor. Backman has been teaching for 24 years, and is getting ready to retire later this month.
”Because this is my last year, I went a little overboard,” said Backman, who was “Empress of Outer Space,” dressed in matching silver boots and pants. “It's always a lot of fun.”