View Ridge students research rights and responsibilities

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Ridgefield — Do you know your rights and responsibilities? Students at View Ridge Middle School sure do. Jan. 16, National History Day, represented the culmination of months of work as View Ridge held a schoolwide project fair and evening ceremony focusing on American rights and responsibilities — and controversies. The topics they chose included the civil rights and gay rights movements, drought and water rights along the Colorado River, "concealed carry" laws and more. They produced websites, research papers, performances, documentary videos and dioramas.

"I've never done a history project like this before," said seventh-grader Phillip Stryker, who researched naturalist John Muir and the role he played in establishing the National Parks system. "This project helped me be creative while also learning history."