Senator Lisa Murkowski spent some time in Yakutat in February meeting with elders and community leaders, and spent some time with the high school students at Yakutat High School. She will be highlighting schools across the country that are using the Iditarod as a tool to educate students about Alaska.

Murkowski Sees Iditarod as National Educational Tool


Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) sees the Iditarod as more than just “The Last Great Race.” She sees the 1,000-mile sled dog race as an opportunity to educate students all over the country about the 49th state.

Murkowski will be using social media to highlight classes across the country that are using the race as an educational tool.

“Teachers in Alaska, from Dallas to Delaware are using the Iditarod as a national learning tool, but the takeaway is always stronger knowledge of Alaska,” Murkowski said in a press release.  “As we near the beginning of the 40th Iditarod, we realize it tells a lot of stories about our culture, our people and our determination – but it can instruct, as well…countless teachers nationwide are demonstrating that while we’ve only been a state for a little over 50 years, even the first state can learn from the 49th state.”

The first school she chose to highlight was Diana Torres’ class at South Dover Elementary School in Dover, Delaware. Click here to see the video the Denver Post did of the class’s igloo project.

“Students in kindergarten to fourth grade exercise their skills in reading, writing, math, social studies, science, geography, spelling and technology to participate vicariously in this amazing event,” South Dover Principal Michelle Duke said in the release. “Thank you for sharing the Iditarod with the Lower 48 states. Your race is our educational victory in motivating students to learn.”

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