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October 16, 2018

CiTi Students Make a Mark On Iditarod Trail


MEXICO – Students in Becky Craig’s Exceptional Education classroom at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation have made their mark on the Iditarod trail.

Students Austin Bulger (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District) and Anesha Risacher (Mexico Academy and Central School District) display the collection of books they received from a recent book drive for a small school in Alaska. Standing, from left are: Jennifer Delaney, Becky Craig, Kathy Woodmancy and Julie Kessler.

Students Austin Bulger (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District) and Anesha Risacher (Mexico Academy and Central School District) display the collection of books they received from a recent book drive for a small school in Alaska. Standing, from left are: Jennifer Delaney, Becky Craig, Kathy Woodmancy and Julie Kessler.

Their recent book drive, “Books on the Trail,” garnered 83 brand new books, nearly enough for the 100 students in the school they were shipped to in Elim, Alaska.

The small city is a stop on the Iditarod trail, which is a 1,000-mile pathway throughout Alaska’s remote and bustling areas as part of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

As part of an English Language Arts project-based learning activity, Craig’s students researched the trail history, designed posters and created a bulletin board presentation.

They also tracked progress of mushers, drivers of a dogsled, along the trail and received a video message from one of the race participants.

The unit culminated with a March 16 visit from one of the mushers and her dogs.

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