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Mushing forward

She's taking her show on the road, so to speak, spending her free time slots visiting other classes like Jack Rightmyer's seventh-grade English class to give presentations. She's even stepped in to a Spanish class, where the teacher helped conduct a discussion in that language. During her trip, she Skyped with students from Anchorage.

Rightmyer's students heard all about the trip Wednesday, March 9.

"I tried to time it so all my students are reading adventure stories," Rightmyer said. "A lot of it is trying trying to get kids interested in reading."

Students studying the work of Jack London or Gary Paulsen had plenty of questions for Edelman, especially about the sled dogs that pull mushers across Alaska. She also told them about how the spirit of the Iditarod carries with it an important message about self reliance, hard work and caring for others.

"They [mushers] learned not to put themselves first, but to put their dogs first and to put other mushers first," Edelman said. The history of the race contains stories of mushers sacrificing their own chances of winning to pick up injured or stranded comrades.

You can read more about Edelman's journey at her blog: enthusiasticteacher.wordpress.com.

As of press time, the Iditarod race was still being run.""

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