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Students participating in the kid-a-rod
Students participating in the kid-a-rod

The Iditarod is the world’s most famous dog sled race. It is an annual race that starts on the first Saturday of March in Anchorage, Alaska and ends in Nome, Alaska. Students in the 5th grade participated in a Kid-a-Rod as way to connect their learning of this famous dog sled race.  The event involved parents, students and teachers.  Many thanks to all for participating, creating signs, and setting up each activity station.  

kids jumping rope
Students jumping through hoops
sign for kid-a-rod
Students participating in soccer

The Kid-a-Rod's value is to promote physical activity, cooperative team work, social interaction and pure enjoyment.  Students work together in groups to complete a specific challenge at each station.  The groups are heterogeneous and promote social skills and character building.  The philosophy that there is no "I" in TEAM reminds us that the group is important, not the individual members.

Students jumping by hoops