We are a group of sixth-grade students in Oceanside, working on the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. Together, we must work toward making a change in our local environment.

We chose to help rebuild the Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area after it was severely damaged by superstorm Sandy ["Hobbled by storms," News, Dec. 3]. This is a beautiful, 52-acre preserve for wildlife that is dedicated to a healthy environment.

Preserving Long Island's marshlands is very important, and we want future generations to learn of their importance, too. While visiting this "outdoor classroom," people can learn about the marshland and marine and estuarine life. The indoor classrooms at the study area, unfortunately, were damaged beyond repair.

We want to see these replaced so more children can learn that the saltmarsh is not only important to wildlife, but for the humans living along the banks. For this project, we are the Sea Janitors.

Hunter Gross

Matthew Minelli

Daniel Strianese

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