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Letter: Rebuild Oceanside nature study area

Guy Jacob, conservation chairman of the Nassau Hiking

Guy Jacob, conservation chairman of the Nassau Hiking & Outdoor Club, is among a chorus of advocates calling on Hempstead Town to rebuild the infrastructure at the 52-acre Marine Nature Study Area, which was damaged by both Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and superstorm Sandy in 2012. Videojournalist: Aisha Al-Muslim (Nov. 30, 2013)

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