Franklin County Schools’ administrators and faculty held some of the “Amazing Race” activities at the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum at Ferrum College during the summer break.
Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Institute (BRI) and Museum hosted teachers and administrators from Franklin County Public Schools this summer for team-building exercises — a local version of “The Amazing Race.”
The BRI staff’s first step was to determine what 1800-style team building activities were going to be available. They settled on tomahawk throwing, two-person log sawing and ox driving.
“We did spend some time in preparation,” said BRI Coordinator of Educational Outreach Rebecca Austin. “We had to make a target stand for the tomahawk throwing and find a log to use as the target.”
FCPS teams arrived unannounced at the farm museum as there was no specific schedule to follow, and the activities commenced as teams arrived.
Eighth-grade administrator at Benjamin Franklin Middle School Matt Dunbar said the teachers and administrators “genuinely like working together toward a common goal” and expressed pride in their schools.
“Any time we are able to participate in the enrichment of our educators, it is a good thing as ultimately, the children of Franklin County are who benefit,” said Austin.
“It was great to use the BRI as the place to build teamwork,” said Ferrum College student and historical interpreter at the farm museum Jason Campbell, who helped coordinate the race activities. “The beginning, middle, and end of education was working together.”
The farm museum is open to walk-in visitors Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m., mid-May through Labor Day Weekend.
The BRI is open all year on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Learn more about the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum at www.ferrum.edu/blueridgeinstitute/.