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"Exploratory Day" Held at Red Hill Elementary

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Students at an Albemarle County school spent the day learning about different hobbies and careers in the community.

Red Hill Elementary in North Garden held its first-ever "Exploratory Day" to help make connections outside the school walls. The entire school took part in Friday's project-based learning experience.

Community organizations such as Albemarle County fire departments and area artists stopped by to show off their skills.

It all started with an idea of organizing an interactive, in-school field trip to give students at Red Hill Elementary a sneak peek at what jobs and hobbies their community has to offer.

“At the beginning of the year, we took interest surveys of the kids to find out what they are really interested in doing and in reaction to that, we brought in experts in the field,” said Kathleen Garcia, gifted resource teacher at Red Hill. 

The rotation of diverse activities included shaping wool sheared from local sheep in the "pasture to production" session, professional artists teaching the kids how to sculpt pottery on a wheel, Domino's Pizza employees giving a behind-the-scenes lesson on how to knead and toss dough, and more. 

“I definitely think it's important to give them as diverse of an experience as possible,” said Michael Lencioni, fourth- and fifth- grade teacher at Red Hill.

The "Exploratory Day" was designed to get kids thinking about how the world around them works.

“It's so fun and you get to learn so much more and you get to learn in like a hands-on way,” said Peter Stout, a fifth-grader at Red Hill.

There were 12 different activities for students to participate in. The partnering community organizations donated time and supplies to make the event possible.

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