Each year, Northport K-8 School participates in the St. Lucie County School District History Fair, which this year will be March 1 at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition. The history fair is a wonderful opportunity for students in grades six and eight to not only hone research skills and techniques, but is also an excellent opportunity for students to cultivate and frame their own interests. Researching topics in history can unlock interests and encourage students to become deeper, more authentic learners. The topic this year is broad and the scope allows students to explore and appreciate many different areas, whether it’s art, sciences, politics, education or biographies. The National History Day topic for 2014 is Rights and Responsibilities in History. Students are displaying a much deeper interest in history and are making connections with reading materials and programs offered at the school. Some of the topics that students have been excitedly researching are the Declaration of Independence, the Korean War and America’s Responsibility to Offer Assistance, Power of the Press, Cherokee Removal: The Tragic Trail of Broken Promises, The G.I. Bill of Rights, and Solidarity: The Polish Spirit! Students are following a rubric and the research and discussions have become intense at the school. The Northport K-8 School History Fair will take place from January 27-31, 2014 under the direction of coordinator Bob Burdge. The school-based winners will represent Northport at the district fair. Pictured are middle grades researchers, from left, Sydney Kelley, Edo Cabrera, Anthony Elliot, Jenna Lieberman and Ariana Clayton-Kimbleton.