Danny Stock

Building Community One Hunt at a Time

We may not be together in person, but we’re still focused on ways to build our community. Whether as a means to get students moving, a way to learn more about a particular subject, or a way to laugh together, virtual scavenger hunts have become a cool new tool for our teachers and coaches. 

Last Saturday, for more than 30 minutes, GDS HS track athletes participated virtually in the first-ever Great Indoor Scavenger Hunt Track and Field Challenge with coaches Anthony Belber, William Miezan, Lauren Silberman, and others. In teams—named Locust, Hair Bears, Beards, and Wheat Thins—our student athletes ran madly to find green writing implements, brands of running shoes, unique types of candy, and “grasshoppers,” the last of which became particularly creative. The running team, which derives its strength and longevity from being a close-knit community, has kept up with regular training programs, weekly coaching calls, and, with this first scavenger hunt, has launched the 2020 GDS Online Track Pentathlon! Stay tuned for highlights from the next four mostly goofy, possibly fitness-related events!

In the Middle School, students in the 8th grade intro to Jazz class have begun engaging in a virtual scavenger hunt to explore Shaw and learn about DC’s U Street (or “Black Broadway” as it was dubbed by singer Pearl Bailey) and its thriving DC jazz scene of the first half of the 20th century. As students take the driver’s seat for their learning, they will explore the artists who not only richly contributed to the cultural fabric of the neighborhood, but also to the distinctiveness of our city. 

Bonus scavenging: Lauren’s 6th grade advisees went scrambling in search of a stuffed animal, something purple, and a fork. See image below.

Bonus mental scavenger hunt: Name two words each of which means a place, a bird, and a food.


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