When we get back from Nome one of our favourite things to do is check the post box to find the letters from students. The students put in so much effort making cards, letters and posters.
What we found heartening this year was that teachers used the events on the river as a teaching opportunity about perseverance and persistence. Students were able to write their own feelings about what happened and show their concern for Aliy and Clyde. One class made fleece blankets for Clyde while others made cards for Aliy. They were touching and much appreciated.
What was also exciting was there were a few letters about the Yukon Quest showing us that some teachers are using that as a teaching aide also.
Thanks to all the students who wrote us this season – your reply is in the post! And thanks to all the teachers for continuing to use the Iditarod (and now the Quest) as the wonderful teaching tool it is.