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Sixth-Grade Students Corrections Incorporated In Next Edition of Cleveland Map


Posted Date: 12/06/2022

Sixth-Grade Students Corrections Incorporated In Next Edition of Cleveland Map

When Milkovich Middle School sixth-grade honor students in Julie Hogan's Social Studies class found errors in a map they used in class, the students reached out to the cartography company, and the student's corrections will be circulated in the next edition of the map. 

"I'm happy that they are changing the map and excited that our work will be presented to the world,” said Dream Horton, a sixth-grader who worked on the project. "I'm proud of our class that we could have a big impact and that we could work with the map company in Canada."

In September, Hogan's Honors Social Studies students were learning to identify the relative location of places using cardinal directions. The class went old-school and used a Rand McNally road map for the lessons. As the project began, the students noticed that the Maple Heights City School District school buildings were never updated. 

The students reached out to the cartography company that makes Rand McNally’s maps to alert them of the errors. The students sent the company the names, addresses, and the latitude and longitude of each school building.  

“Using a photocopy of the portion of the map that covers Maple Heights, Ohio, the students indicated which schools are no longer in the locations that appear on the map. They also provided a spreadsheet with the names of our current schools, addresses, and GPS coordinates,” said Mrs. Hogan at Milkovich Middle School. “The students were excited to share this with Mr. Guy Johnson at GM Johnson Maps.” 

The edits that the students made will be incorporated into the next edition of the Cleveland map, which is scheduled to be in circulation around September 9, 2023.