Teachers: Are you interested in having an Iditarod quilt visit your classroom during the upcoming school year?!
Last year we had nine quilts traveling around the country throughout the school year. One quilt was even at the Shaktoolik checkpoint during the race and was signed by dozens of mushers while they rested their teams! The quilts visited over 8,500 students in 23 different states and visited students in kindergarten through senior year of high school, in public, private, and IDEA homeschool settings.
Here is what Ms. Pelosi in Sarasota, FL had to say about having the quilt visit her classroom: “We were featured on our school district’s channel as our school was the showcase school of the month. We wrote poems, did the characteristics of a musher which definitely matches our class theme of Positive Mindset. We did poetry of characteristics. We did the latitude and longitude lesson, as well as the distance the quilt traveled. I have several new students who did not know what the Iditarod was, so we watched a few videos and discussed whether the race is safe or not –including the rules the mushers have to follow. The big eye opener was the fact that most mushers are not in the race to win. They would like to, but realize that the reality is they are trying to better their time, or prove to themselves that they can do it.”
So, how does the program work?
Teachers across the country are encouraged to sign-up for the quilt project by July 21, 2018. During the sign-up process teachers are asked to list their top three months to have the quilt. In mid-August a schedule will be sent out to each teacher, along with the month they will be receiving the quilt (we try out best to accommodate your month requests). The teacher will keep the quilt in his/her classroom for the month, and we encourage them to complete a few of the lessons that will accompany the quilt. Once the month is up, teachers will send the quilt onto the next teacher and classroom.
Each quilt is unique and teaches students all about the race– from inspirational quotes, to character development, to fun math facts– these quilts are the best!
If you have questions, please contact Annie at firstname.lastname@example.org