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High school students in Asheville delve into a major local issue -- affordable housing

Some 11th graders at Franklin School of Innovation spent the day landscaping at the Habitat for Humanity build site in Arden. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Some 11th graders at Franklin School of Innovation spent the day landscaping at the Habitat for Humanity build site in Arden.

It's part of a project to learn more about subjects, including housing insecurity, gentrification and city policies.

Teachers said getting their hands dirty gives students a deeper appreciation of the issue.

"We can talk all day about issues in the classroom, but unless we're really out here doing the work, kids aren't necessarily seeing the problem and issues that we're talking about," English teacher Katie Washburn said.

As part of the project, students will help raise $13,000 to build part of a Habitat for Humanity house.

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