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Iditarod Becomes Reality to Washington Fourth Graders

While reading, writing, and researching about the Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Alaska, Nicole Herrmann's fourth grade class spent a morning immersing themselves in the actual equipment, dogs, care, training, and the sport of dog sledding.

Jim Feyen of Fond du Lac and his dog sled team visited Washington School for Comprehensive Literacy on February 19.

The students used the opportunity to take a photo and send it to a musher in Alaska who is competing in the Iditarod, which kicked off March 7 in Anchorage with a ceremonial start, and then officially restarted in Wasilla on March 8, ending in Nome. The entire course takes 10-14 days to compete, some take longer.

"Although, each student has their own musher they are following, our class is cheering for Lance Mackey, who is a cancer survivor who won the last two years. We also are following Rachel Scdoris who is a blind musher," said Herrmann. "Perseverance and completing the miles is an accomplishment in itself."

Upon completion, the picture is to be signed by the musher, and the mayor of Nome, Alaska before it is returned to the class in Sheboygan. The students tracked the race mileage covered, and selected mushers to cheer for on the internet at

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
March 11, 2009