Cape Cod Hill School students celebrate Iditaread race

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Iditaread winners at Cape Cod Hill School in New Sharon were fourth grade students in Katie Perry's class. They celebrated their win Friday. The students became the dogs pulling a sled with toy dogs riding and took a victory lap through the halls as other classes cheered them on.

By Ann Bryant, Staff Writer

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.

Iditaread winners at Cape Cod Hill School in New Sharon were fourth grade students in Katie Perry’s class. They celebrated their win Friday. The students became the dogs pulling a sled with toy dogs riding and took a victory lap through the halls as other classes cheered them on.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

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.

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Fourth grade students in Katie Perry’s class at Cape Cod Hill School in New Sharon took a victory lap Friday as they pulled a small sled through the halls of the school as other classes cheered them on. Perry’s class was the winner of the school’s reading incentive program, Iditaread.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

Fourth grade students in Katie Perry’s class at Cape Cod Hill School in New Sharon took a victory lap Friday as they pulled a small sled through the halls of the school as other classes cheered them on. Perry’s class was the winner of the school’s reading incentive program, Iditaread.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

Fourth grade students in Katie Perry’s class at Cape Cod Hill School in New Sharon took a victory lap Friday as they pulled a small sled through the halls of the school as other classes cheered them on. Perry’s class was the winner of the school’s reading incentive program, Iditaread.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

Classes at Cape Cod Hill School in New Sharon competed in the reading incentive program, Iditaread, over the last couple weeks. For either the number of books read of minutes they read or were read to, they moved one point along 26 checkpoints of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

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