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To Bolster Academics, Philly Schools Turning to the Outdoors

To Bolster Academics, Philly Schools Turning to the Outdoors


Robert Mitchell was 35 feet above the ground, suspended from harnesses and wires amid the tall trees of Wissahickon Valley Park, and he was terrified.



"I can't do this," said Mitchell, a ninth grader, shaking visibly.


Below him, a knot of his classmates from Penn Treaty High School — some of whom he knew a little, while others had been just faces in the hallway — encouraged him with shouts and claps to move forward on his Outward Bound ropes challenge. And from the tree to Mitchell's left came a voice strong and sure.




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