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Updated: 01/31/2014 08:00:00AM

History fair projects focus on rights

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SUN PHOTO BY ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER, annek@sun-herald.com
Heron Creek Middle School seventh-grader Kody Parsotan, left, and sixth-grader Michael Dzhuga, both 12, talk with HCMS teacher Charles Elsey as he looks over the process paper for their history project on the Tuskegee Airmen in the school's media center this week.

SUN PHOTO BY ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER, annek@sun-herald.com

HCMS seventh-grader Elizabeth Provost-Heron, left, and eighth-grader Laura Kiosak, both 13, had matching T-shirts made to go with their history fair project on the great railroad strike of 1877.

SUN PHOTO BY ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER, annek@sun-herald.com

HCMS science teacher Beth Fred, left, serving as a judge, asks eighth-graders Katie Jones and Juliana Frank, both 13, to tell her about their project titled "The Rights of Prisoners: Martin Tabert and the Florida Convict Lease System."

By ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER

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NORTH PORT — Every year, Heron Creek Middle School teacher Jennifer Patterson is pleasantly surprised by the history fair topics her students choose.

The theme this year is Rights and Responsibilities in History, and 24 individual and group projects from roughly 40 students were on display in the North Port school’s media center this week. Patterson said some of the topics even she, as a history teacher, isn’t familiar with.

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