July 25, 2006
It was a photo finish for a group of middle schoolers who competed in a boat race down the Rivanna River.
The Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center sponsored the Great Pirogue Race at Darden Towe Park.
For two weeks the kids have been hammering, sawing and painting their hand-built boats. Officials said this type of program teaches kids team building as they learn carpentry skills together.
"I think it's fun because you get to do a whole lot of stuff with the drills," said Davonte Taylor.
"It's not everyday you get to go and build a boat and then actually race it," said Emily Lindbled.
The children who participated are part of the city of Charlottesville Summer Recreation Program.