Author: Diane Johnson (358 posts)


Meet the IditaRiders for the 2020 Iditarod

When the 2020 Iditarod starts on Saturday, March 7, each sled leaving the starting line will have an IditaRider in the basket.  These rides were purchased as a part of our IditaRider auction.  You can learn more about the auction by clicking here. The race bibs that the mushers will be wearing during the Ceremonial …

A Message to All 2020 IditaRiders

Hello IditaRiders! You will soon be headed down the trail for an 11 mile ride at the Start of the 2020 Iditarod on Saturday, March 7.  Congratulations on being a 2020 IditaRider!   First, a big thank you to all bidders who participated in this year’s auction. Your donation to the race is very important!  …

Iditarod and Mushing are Amazing Tools for your Classroom

I’d like to thank Debbie Curry for filling in for me.  Influenza A wasn’t on this week’s to do list… I am so sorry I am not here in McCall.   Before Debbie continues, I just want to thank her for stepping in on such short notice.  Debbie is an alumni of our Alaska events, having …

Students in Takotna Share about their School Year

We would like to thank the students at Takotna Community School and Principal/Teacher Susan Smith, for sharing their December newsletter with us. Enjoy the read.  How does what’s happening at this school along the Iditarod Trail compare with what’s happening in your school? Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4  

Investigating the Surface of the Iditarod Trail: STEM/Science Focus

Investigating the Surface of the Iditarod Trail by Kelly Shusko, Colonial School District, Delaware *This lesson was created for Kindergarten students but is applicable for other grade levels. Standards and Application of lesson: Stem/Science/Social Studies- Geography, Social Emotional Learning The purpose of this lesson is to have students plan and carry out an investigation about …

Origin of the Iditarod: How did it all begin?

*There’s a big myth and it’s time to bust it!  You can help! Myth: Iditarod is run each year to commemorate the Serum Run.   Truth: Although that event is an extremely important event in the history of Alaska, the fact is, the founders of the race did not take the Serum Run into account when …

IditaRead™ Challenge

Join an IditaRead™ and race from Anchorage to Nome! An IditaRead is an excellent way to encourage students to read. An IditaRead™ is held in connection with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race® —  the Iditarod Trail and the Iditarod Mushers are used as ‘benchmarks’ of reading progress for students.  Most IditaReads are held in …

Ikidarod – McGrath, Takotna, Nikolai Schools

Ikidarod 2019: McGrath, Takotna, and Nikolai Schools McGrath School hosted Takotna, and Nikolai Schools for Traditions Week last March. (2019) Students K-12 participated in this week long culture camp, learning how to paint, cook, build dog houses, and mush a one dog dogteam. This has been a premier activity in McGrath for decades, as their …

Iditarod Regional Teacher Events to be held in McCall, Idaho and Colorado Springs, Colorado

We’re heading to the starting line and bringing Iditarod Teacher Conference events to the lower 48!   Get Ready, McCall, Idaho (January 11) and Colorado Springs! (February 8, 2020) Here we come!  Register today! These events are one day events.  We’re in the process of ‘filling the sled bag’ for these events and will share out …

Iditarod Teacher Conferences to be held in Chicago, IL and Colorado Springs, CO

We’re heading to the starting line and bringing Iditarod Teacher Conference events to the lower 48!   Our first two events have been announced!  Get ready, Chicago! (October 19) Get Ready, Colorado Springs! (February 8, 2020) Here we come!   *We hope to add additional conferences and will update this article when we do!  Hope to …