Come to Miller Memorial Library during January 2014 to see a beautiful display with replicas of historic buildings in Hamden. These replicas were completed in clay by a range of students at Hamden Collaborative Learning Center (HCLC). HCLC is Hamden's alternate secondary school and is now located at 306 Circular Ave. It is under the direction of Jon Pearce, Coordinator of Alternative Education. It services students grades 7 through 12.The Hamden slab city project was designed to align with the district's initiative to improve student's writing. In Hamden Public Schools nonfiction writing is now required in every subject.The cross curriculum project was designed to build knowledge through content rich nonfiction and informational text. Students researched a historical town building of their choice, then analyzed and wrote a summary of its history. They identified architectural details with periods of history. Students then constructed a replica of the face of their buildings. The results created scaled graphite elevations with drafting teacher Bernie St. George and a "Slab City" of Hamden's Historical Buildings with art teacher Cathy Teulings.