The Locust Valley Middle School mini-theater and library were filled with fur trappers, shoemakers, fishermen, medics and other professionals from the Colonial times. While seventh-graders usually don hoodies and jeans, the Colonial Jobs Fair had the students wearing costumes typical of the Colonial tradespeople they had researched in social studies classes.

 Playing the role, the middle school students presented their research, complete with artifacts, displays and facts to judges, which included teachers and high school students. 

The Colonial Jobs Fair is an annual culmination of the Colonial times unit of study, which is part of the seventh-grade social studies curriculum. “The Colonial Jobs Fair provides the opportunity for students to convey and discuss the materials, resources and content they have learned during class,” said social studies coordinator David Ethe. “Conducting the fair enhances the curriculum by having students intensely examine the political, social, economic and geographic life faced by Americans during Colonial times.”

Students worked hard for several weeks, utilizing various skills, such as research, public speaking, appraising historical perspectives, writing and teamwork. When putting together their final projects, judges were very impressed by the creativity the students displayed.