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Students give research to racing center

    WATKINS GLEN—Watkins Glen students have produced two class projects that contain some local and first-hand racing history.
    Teachers Jan Bubb and Becky Sue Bianco showed the students’ work to the Watkins Glen school board, Monday, May 21. Bianco said the books are about the history of racing in Watkins Glen. She said the students interviewed area residents and community members about the first 1948 race. The interviews were recorded on the netbooks students are given.
    Using that information, the sixth grade class added pictures and drawings. Bianco explained the books were professionally printed in hardcover format. She added the school will give the books, and a DVD of the interviews conducted by the students, to the International Motor Racing Research Center and adjacent Watkins Glen Public Library.
     Bubb spoke about the students who made powerpoint presentations about racing in Watkins Glen. Bubb said the students did the research themselves. She added as racing takes place in the first week of school each year, a project on racing is a good start to the year.
    Board President Brian O’Donnell added it was an interdisciplinary effort, involving both technology and English language arts.
   In other business:
Middle school science teacher Rick Pettet also presented on a project he did with students to create Plexiglas placards for the Catharine Valley Trail. He said 12 were made to identify various trees and wildlife, using research the students did. Pettet added within the next few weeks he and some students will go out and place the placards on the trail.





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