Jules Verne’s classic novel had a workout for 80 minutes as an event at an elementary school helped kids and parents enjoy a multicultural Amazing Race.
At Sunnybrae Elementary School, students of all ages participated in an “Amazing Race” which challenged them to master the customs and cultures of countries around the world.
“I wanted to do something multicultural, because we have a fairly diverse community,” said fifth-grade teacher Karen Pouria, who came up with the idea along with colleague Janine Bates. “It’s so important to have multicultural awareness in school and to have students appreciate that. I’ve always been interested in different cultures, traveling and continuing to learn that way, so I wanted to draw it all together in a fun way and have the parents get involved, too.”
Based on the popular reality show, Sunnybrae’s Amazing Race organizes participants into family teams of adults and children, who are then given passports and must travel around the world displays greeting teachers with the word for hello in different countries and solving puzzles or performing tasks to get to the next destination.