NEW SHARON — It was a race to the finish as fourth grade students read their way from Anchorage to Nome to win the Idiatread reading incentive program at Cape Cod Hill School.
It was a tie between Katie Perry’s class and Alison Hatch and Delana Yeaton’s classes until Perry’s class moved forward for the win with an extra 2,249 minutes spent reading, Lori Ellis, librarian, said.
CCHS students lined the halls of the school Friday morning to cheer and clap as Perry’s class took a victory lap by pulling a small sleigh with two stuffed dogs through the halls.
Every class, Kindergarten through grade 5, at CCHS has followed the same trail of the real Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, from Anchorage to Nome, by reading books about components of the race, the mushers or Alaska, she said.
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Depending on the class, students moved along the trail by the number of books read or the minutes read or the time they were read to, she said.
The students became the dogs and the teacher the musher as they moved along twenty-six check points over the last couple weeks.
Students had to read 390 minutes to move one point along in the race. Teachers also read to them 15 minutes a day.
Perry’s class read 4,680 minutes plus the extra 2,249 minutes to take first place, Ellis said.
Hatch’s class read an extra 1,049 minutes but the amount for Yeaton’s class was not available, she said.
Students were also encouraged to read at home to keep moving along the trail.