All ninth graders study at the local 4-H center in this Maine district

The Hechinger Report

At the Telstar Freshman Academy in Maine, service learning is included as part of the curriculum. Bailey Fraser, 15 (left), and her stepsister Leah Kimball, 15, volunteer with Edible Bethel during their service learning block. Emily Kaplan for The Hechinger Report.

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How Daily Farm Work and Outdoor Projects Make Learning in High School Better for Teens

MindShift

Emily Kaplan for The Hechinger Report). Called the Telstar Freshman Academy, or TFA, it involves all its district’s ninth graders in a hands-on learning method that uses outdoor-based projects and community-building activities as ways to teach across several disciplines.