The Iditarod dog sled race happens every year in March. It is a thousand mile race from Willow to Nome, Alaska. This year, Ms. LaBarge's fifth grade class made 15 blankets to send for the dropped dogs. Dropped dogs are dogs that for whatever reason, have to be left at a checkpoint along the trail to Nome. The blankets provide a warm layer and comfort for those who aren't able to finish the race and need to be flown back to Anchorage to await pickup by their owner. As we move closer to the start of the race, the class will also be doing some math problems to figure out how many dog booties and other supplies the musher must have on hand for their team. They will also calculate their mileage and race time, and watch videos while tracking mushers along the trail. This is a great way to learn about Alaska and the people who live there. The class will also discuss team work and good sportsmanship.