THE BRONX - A new program is putting a twist on textbook lessons by putting history right into the hands of Bronx students.

Teachers from 14 different schools are training for urban archeology courses coming this school year, all thanks to Department of Education employee Philip Panaritis and the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The hands-on lessons use antiques to give kids a picture of city life five generations ago.

Teachers say it’s all about being able to step away from the history book and tap into students’ imaginations.

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