The sophomore students at Telstar High School in Bethel are currently in the middle of a two-month unit called Defining Community where they’re interviewing people to help them better understand what community means to them. They’ll try to get their writing published.

The goal is for the students to think deeply about where they come from and their place in their community. You can read more about their work here.

If your school is interested in pursuing the unit, here is the guiding project narrative:

Erin Rhoda

Erin Rhoda is the editor of Maine Focus, a team that conducts journalism investigations and projects at the Bangor Daily News. She also writes for the newspaper, often centering her work on issues of sexual...