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Amazing Race Whitecourt!

Amazing Race Whitecourt

The Amazing Race in Whitecourt?  Sure!  Dr. Jim Canniff, who works at Whitecourt Central School, decided to offer an Orienteering Club to our Grade 4 students.  The students met once a week at lunch time last fall to perfect their navigational skills. The students discussed directions, looked at maps and used a compass to find different places around the school. As a culminating activity, however, Dr. Canniff had bigger plans! He decided to give the students a chance to practice these skills in the Amazing Race! 

Dr. Canniff picked 13 sites he felt could host an activity for the students.  He then visited each site, spoke to a manager and arranged the activity.  All of the sites were very excited to be a part of this race. A special thanks to the Whitecourt Golf Course, Canadian Tire, McDonalds, Allan & Jean Millar Centre, Forestry Interpretive Centre, Whitecourt Fire Department, the Wolverines Junior A Hockey team, the Whitecourt Star, Northern Gateway Division Office, and RBC for partnering with us for the race.

On May 20th, 52 Grade 4 students were off to the races. Parents and teachers volunteered to drive and act as site managers. Without these volunteers, the Amazing Race would never have found its footing. The students had a great day racing around Whitecourt with tasks that included dressing up like fire fighters, breaking into the RBC supplies vault, searching for products at Canadian Tire and working out in the Wolverines Training Center.

A huge thank you to everyone involved for helping us pull off the Amazing Race Whitecourt. A special thanks to Dr. Canniff for his vision of bringing our students into the community to participate in real-world learning.


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