Parents of Long Valley Middle School sixth graders had the chance to see the hard work being done in and out of the classroom on Martin Luther King Day, as they walked through the annual Change the World gallery.
More than 100 students in house 6-3 have been working for months on their project under social studies teacher Matt Marciano, and have focused on ways to do good in the community either locally or on a larger scale.
This is the fourth year Marciano – recognized statewide for this specific project – has conducted the assignment. He said this year’s gallery walk, where all the students’ projects were displayed in the Long Valley Middle School’s Media Center, saw about two-thirds of the house’s parents attend, which was the highest showing yet.
The Change the World assignment has seen students take on a variety of projects, including assisting special needs children in playing soccer, helping the elderly, writing books about bullying, and raising funds for cancer awareness.
Marciano recently penned a column for Long Valley Patch about the importance of Martin Luther King Day, and the spirit of service embodied by the national holiday.