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AES Goes North to Alaska
Thu, April 14, 2016
On February 29th, Mrs. Campbell, a 5th grade language arts teacher from Abingdon Elementary School, traveled to Anchorage, Alaska for the Iditarod Winter Teacher’s Conference. In addition to attending the 4 day teachers’ conference that included STEM and cross-curricular workshops and presentations for using the Iditarod dogsled race in the classroom, Mrs.
Campbell also visited a dog sledding kennel, Iditarod Headquarters, and the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Dogsled Race on March 5th.
The Abingdon Elementary 5th graders signed “good luck” bandannas for Iditarod dogsledder, Hugh Neff, who has visited the school several times. Hugh Neff tied these bandannas to his dogsled handles for the ceremonial start to the race. During this year’s race, each 5th grader tracked a chosen dogsled team during their time on the trail, researched their dog sled musher, created their own unique kennel name, wrote letters to their musher, and watched several teams cross the finish line on the live web cam from Nome, Alaska. Mrs. Campbell’s theme for the school year has been “Dream Big”. She is so blessed to have been able to share one of her biggest dreams with her 5th graders and show that “if you dream it, you can do”.