Charlottesville's Amazing Race

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

July 19, 2006

Nearly 100 middle school students were loose on the streets of Charlottesville balancing checkbooks and eating gelato.

Based on the hit show The Amazing Race, groups of five rising 6th graders had both physical and mental tasks throughout the city.

At the Bank of America each group had to balance a checkbook with the receipts they got throughout the morning. At Splendora they had a blind taste test. These challenges forced student to use team work and think outside the box.

"You really want to tap into kids intrinsic motivation, if you will. That innate curiosity that all children seem to have. With some kids that bulb dims as they go through school. We aim to turn that lightbulb back on," said Kelvin Reid. Reid is the Coordinator of Extended Day Enrichment Programs at Albemarle County Schools.

The students worked in teams of five and were from Burley, Jouett, Sutherland and Walton middle schools.

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