Especially if they are doing projects in a Hospital School, or have adopted a cancer charity for a class project.
And especially, especially if they have cancer, and are wondering if ever they will be able to finish with treatment and do anything extraordinary.
The Iditarod Dog Sled Race takes place every year, run for ten or more gruelling days across Alaska.
It has followers across the world – including millions of kids that love the sight of cuddly husky dogs.
And – it has become a tradition for cancer survivors to take part in the race. Several well-known competitors have survived cancer.
Cancer Survivor Lancy Mackey has won the race a record number of times – and will probably race again this year.
As will Mastectomy survivor Dee Dee Jonrowe, who kits out her dogs in pink boots. Dogs have to wear these (much to their dislike) as the trail gets iced up with sharp pathways.
So kids can follow their ‘chosen’ musher (racer) and watch whilst they and their dogs battle across what is known as the Last Great Race on Earth.
And men and women take part – equally. Some of most famous winners have been women.
Teachers – use the race as classroom resource
The race goes on 24/7.
Once racers set off, depending on weather and condition of dogs, they will race whenever the dogs want, so as the teams spread out there is something happening all the time. This is ably recorded by race officials and put up on Internet.
It can become addictive to log on and find out just where ‘your’ favourite team is.
Included in race reports are vivid snapshots of what life is like for the locals – both native Alaskans and incomers who live there because of the way of a life well-away from commercialisation.
And, if teachers have the time, a class can take part in the preparations:
Message from Race Organisers
“Once again To My Favorite Teachers and all others willing to make this happen”.
Feb 12th is the last day you can get your School Class/Student/Scout Group
participating in the Iditarod Trail Mail Educational Project in the Mail.
Project site: <www.leaknomeak.com>
Time Ticks – But this year I am offering for anyone that can send a
list of those participants that they have gotten to join the fun of the
Iditarod Trail Educational Mail Project as first timers, a
“Genuine Used on the Iditarod Trail Dog Bootie”
from an Iditarod Dog Team finishing the Race here in Nome.
We have already received 26 projects in the Mail.
Right Now we have plenty of snow and plenty Cold, Since the 23rd of
December no snow (we already have plenty) and the average temperature
has huddled around -25f with only a one day high of +12f briefly and a
2-day low of -42f.
Hope you’ll have someone, a class/group or more,
participating in the Iditarod Trail Educational Mail Project (ITEMP)?
Remember in the mail by the 12th of February. LEO