SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Middle School students were able to enrich their history lessons by traveling across town to Knoll View. Students from Laura Meade’s seventh grade civics class interviewed residents about their life experiences.

“We wanted to explore our community and see where we could get involved,” Meade said. 

In class, Meade’s students were studying life in the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s.  They then compared the lessons to the daily life of 2017, according to the teacher.  They developed a list of questions to ask the residents.   

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The students asked the questions and listened to the residents reminisce about their past.  It was not a one sided conversation, however, as the residents also asked the students about their lives.


One student said, "I loved going to Knoll View and talking to them, they are really funny and have great stories to tell."  

"That was a great experience with very nice people, we would like to visit again,” another student said.

“It was a wonderful experience for all involved,” Meade said. “The students really enjoyed their visit and they were very interested in the stories that the residents told them. We are going to plan on making more visits to Knoll View in the future."