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Photo provided by SHANEA BURNS -- Fifth-grade students at French Settlement Elementary School attend a car show as part of their curriculum. The students used the show to research topics, create an outline and draft a paper, school officials said.

Fifth-graders at French Settlement Elementary watched each classic car as they approached the Gerald Keller gymnasium parking lot during a car show Oct. 17.

The students greeted car owners, examined their classic cars and admired the features of each car, a news release from the school said. National Street Rod Association state representative, Larry Teal, who brought his 1946 Ford, attended the event. Homer Thornton, also a member of the National Street Rod Association, brought his 1941 Dodge and was impressed with the great turnout, the release said.

“I fell in love with street rods in 1958 at the age of 16,” Thornton said. “I am excited to see the next generation share my love and keep this tradition going.”

The students selected Douglas Murphy’s 1947 Custom Chevy Coupe as the award winner for Best Paint Job. Best in Show went to Steve Thornton for his 2014 Camaro, and Roland Jacob won Most Unique with his 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, the release said.

The goal of the car show was to enhance students’ English skills. While researching classic cars, students learned to research, write an outline, write an expository report and bibliography, prepare and deliver a presentation, and design an effective visual aid, the release said. Fifth-grade math teacher Danel Vohsberg plans to use the students’ votes to complete graphing activities in math and science classes.

“I loved all the dazzling bling that bounced off the amazing cars,” said fifth-grade student Breana Watts. “Through the muscle car project, I learned that writing can be fun if you have a marvelous topic.”