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View a PowerPoint Presentation about Iditarod Quilt projects.

In the summer of 2005, the Iditarod Traveling Quilt project was born.

The first quilt was born at the 2005 Summer Conference for Teachers.  Teachers at the conference created the squares.  You can read about the history of the first quilt, which was sewn together by Terrie Hanke, 2006 Teacher on the Trail™, at this link.

Seeing a need to bring Iditarod to classrooms around the world in a unique way and to allow classrooms to connect back to the race, Diane Johnson, 2000 Teacher on the Trail™ and current Director of Education for Iditarod, created the quilt project conducted at the 2005 Conference.  Since then, this project has expanded to the creation of 8 quilts.

Each year, teachers sign up to participate in this project.  More than 100 requests come in each year making this one of the most popular and exciting to follow projects!

As a result of this project, hundreds of schools across the nation have not only participated in this project, but have created their own personal or classroom quilts.  Quilts have been given away to mushers with inspirational messages to encourage them to meet their goals.  Families in need have received inspirational quilts to help them through tough times.  Quilts have been auctioned off at fund raisers to help those in need.

No doubt about it, this project is a project that has impacted thousands and thousands of people!


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