McGrath Kids and Dogs

Filed under: Iditarod! — iditalearn2010 @ 8:15 am

McGrath school is closed this week due to vacation. The students and community showed up anyway. We had a nice welcome from teacher, Monica, and four of her eight students, two radio stations, the assistant superintendent and fans of Gary Paulsen.100_1726thumbnail

Students presented their own PowerPoints where they answered questions posed by Eden Lake students. In turn, a PowerPoint made by Mr. Browns fourth graders was shared with the Alaska class.

There are about 40-50 students grades 1-12 at the school. They have a beautiful gym and large bright classrooms.

McGrath is the holding area for dogs being moved and checked by the vets before being sent to Anchorage.

The scrapbook features pictures and video clips of the Iditarod airforce loading dogs whose owner may have dropped out of the raceimg_0203thumbnail. The dogs are moved from a small airplane to a larger one and then transported to Anchorage where they are cared for until the owner comes to get them.

The rest of the pictures are of the checkpoint where you will find # 57 Tom Lesatz (a rookie) making dinner for his team along with five time Iditarod champion Rick Swensen.

Off to the villages of Iditarod and Shageluk on Friday.

Do you know why the race is called The Iditarod and what the word means ?

Bye for now!




  1. hi agian i was wondering was the dogs there from some mushes that have dropped them? do you know what the 24 hour/8 hour layover are for? how many mushers have you met?

    please write back.

    Comment by gillian$ — 03/12/2007 @ 10:02 am

  2. Dear Mrs.Cater

    Those Kids are so lucky! We only got 2 days off and a snow day.:( Tell them we say
    Thank-you for the powerpoints.:) I think it would be fun to work at the chekpoint(except the dog poop).

    Comment by Stefani and Sydney — 03/12/2007 @ 10:04 am

  3. What was your favorite part of being on a team?

    Comment by Emma — 03/12/2007 @ 10:11 am

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