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Teacher on the trail

By KTVA Sports 7:10 PM March 12, 2014

Jennifer Reiter traveled more than 5,000 miles for a lesson plan

NOME – One of the greatest things about the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is its commitment to education.

Jennifer Reiter traveled more than 5,000 miles for a lesson plan and has been Skyping with dozens of classes during the race.

A third grade teacher in Baltimore, Md., she’s used the Iditarod for many years as a teaching tool.

“I taught in a lower socio-economic area and they had no idea there was anything outside of Baltimore,” she said. “They thought that was kind of the whole world. And so we started talking about how even within the United States, things are so different.”

Reiter says the Iditarod offers a great way to teach geography, math, reading and more. Kids in the Lower 48 and abroad are fascinated by the race and so is she.

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