Every year we hold an Idita Read. Our budget runs between $450 and $500. The following is a summary of the 2009 Idita Read:
We went to a company and ordered these cool dog tags as reading incentives for the kids. They run about $.30 apiece when ordered in a large quantity. Any student reaching their reading goals for the Iditaread received one. We have given the official Iditarod pencils in the past.
I got each classroom a dog bootie, and provided them with a poster board on which teachers could post maps to track their mushers and class reading totals.
I also hung a banner at the school entrance that read “MLD Iditaread”. Finally, we ordered about 12 new children’s books on Alaska and the Iditarod for our school library, and I set out my large collection of books, maps, videos, flags, etc., for all the teachers to use.
View the classroom packet created by Ms. Blair by clicking here! (PDF DOC)