Fifth-grade students at Amesbury Middle School in Massachusetts will be venturing out into their community to learn about eight different partners, including the library and the police and fire departments. Social studies and language arts teacher Karen Brannelly and math and science teacher Derek Bent will be combining their team classes for the Passionate about Places program, a place-based education philosophy that centers on students making connections within their communities. "It's about being civic-minded, being good citizens, not only now but in the future," Brannelly said.

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