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Students at one East Tennessee high school recently surveyed their neighbors in a unique school project.

Freshmen at South Doyle High School polled hundreds of people on their perceptions of their school and the South Knoxville community.

Teachers call the task "project-based learning." It is a strategy that encourages students to use the skills they've learned in all of their class subjects.

Results to the survey varied, dependent upon who gave them.

Students learned residents in Seymour and Maryville thought of South Knoxville as a community that was "on the rise".

While people in West Knoxville had a different view, often giving more negative responses.

Another survey result even showed that a third of non-residents felt the education South Doyle students were receiving was below average just because of where the school is located.

But, South Doyle's TCAP scores are in line with other schools in Knox County.

South Doyle students told WBIR 10News they enjoy the community in which they learn.

"It's like no matter where you go, everybody treats each other like family," student Brianna Childress said.

Students also created videos to promote South Knoxville and South Doyle in an effort to let people know it's a great place to live, learn and shop.

The Husain family has done that for more than a decade. They own and operate Wee Care children's consignment store in South Knoxville on Chapman Highway.

Owner Rebecca Husain said it's important people visit the area before they judge it.

"I think it is a huge misconception," she said. "There have been a lot of people, who have said 'South Knoxville this or South Knoxville that', but my experience here has been very positive."

The Husains and other local business owners, recently rebranded an effort to draw more customers to South Knoxville. You can learn more about that here.

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