Throughout the month of April, 8th grade students took part in several community-based projects. One such project was a local advocacy project concerning a building at 395 Main Street in Malone, New York. This building is quite unstable and in danger of falling into the river on which it overlooks--the Salmon River. The community has come together to make a plan for this building since the main sewer artery for the Village of Malone passes underneath this building as well. If this building should fall (which local engineers from Beardsley and Associates have projected), one unfortunate result would be the polluting of the Salmon River with local waste. Students spent time in April researching this local issue, meeting with Mr. John MacArthur (an engineer at Beardsley and Associates), and writing letters to local, state and national leaders making them aware of environmental impact that the local area would face should 395 Main Street fall on the river and sewer line below. Below are resources regarding the the building and the issue, including resources provided by students.
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Mrs. Jennifer Hesseltine teaches United States History at the Malone Middle School in Malone, New York. When not at school, Mrs. Hesseltine can be found researching innovative ways to peak student interest in learning. Mrs. Hesseltine was recently accepted into the first cohort of TED-Ed Innovative Educators, the education initiative of TED Talks. Mrs. Hesseltine is also a contributing author of the Teaching Channel Blog, and has also contributed ideas to the TED-Ed Blog and Education Week Teacher with Larry Ferlazzo. Contact Mrs. Hesseltine via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via Twitter @jenhesseltine.