Idita-Read program kicks off at local schools
Students at Fairview Elementary School are using the Iditarod as an inspiration to read.
On Monday, mushing twins Kristy and Anna Berington visited the school along with their lead dogs. They fielded questions from students about their sport as part of an event called Idita-read. The program is sponsored by ExxonMobil, which offers a curriculum based on the Iditarod that schools across the country can utilize.
Fairview librarian Stacey Schubert said every minute students read during the month of March becomes a mile in their own Iditarod race.
"So if they read 53 minutes it's like 53 miles," said Schubert. "So their goal is to read 998 minutes because the Iditarod is 998 miles long."
Schubert said some students will make it to Nome and back during the month-long event; she encourages them to run the race again. She said students move paper cut-outs of dogs to mark their progress to different checkpoints, earning prizes along the way.
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