Scavenger Hunts, Paper Quilts and Learning!

11 02 2014

Students at Northwood Elementary School in Northwood, Ohio had fun while learning using Quilt #2 to explore different aspects of the Iditarod.

Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates
3rd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Turner’s class completed a scavenger hunt, wrote about their favorite square and made a paper quilt.  Next up is a contest to design a square for a new quilt.  Quilt 2 has traveled over 1700 miles so far this year.

After leaving Mrs. Turner’s classroom the quilt traveled to Holland, Pennsylvania to visit Mrs. Moore’s classroom at Hillcrest Elementary School.  There Quilt 2 was on display in the school library for the entire school to see.  Mrs. Moore’s students also enjoyed completing a scavenger hunt before sending the quilt to it’s next destination.

Quilt #2 is currently at Pine Meadow Elementary School in Sartell, Minnesota where the current temperature is 22°F. The temperature in Sartell is 7 degrees colder than Anchorage, Alaska!  Stay warm Quilt #2 as you continue your travels in the lower 48!

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Quilt #2 Visits O-H…I-O!

27 11 2013

Quilt #2Quilt #2 started off the school year with students at Willard High School in Willard, Ohio. The students wrote descriptive paragraphs based on the quilt squares.  Each student was required to use at least four adjectives to describe their square. Then they tried to guess which square was being described.  One of their favorite squares was the Raz-Ma-Taz square with the beautiful, furry husky.

After spending a week with the students at WHS, the quilt took a short trip to visit Mansfield, Ohio and Mrs. Overholt at Malabar Intermediate School. She spent some time this summer at the Iditarod Summer Teacher Camp.  She was excited about sharing the quilt with her classroom and discussing all the amazing things she was able to experience this summer in Alaska.  The quilt’s next stop will be Crestview Elementary in Crestline, OH.

Quilt #2Quilt #2 will visit four different schools in Ohio before traveling to Holland, Pennsylvania.  Then, it is off to Minnesota and Massachusetts!  We look forward to seeing all the places the quilt will visit and reading all about its adventures! Safe travels Quilt #2!





Quilt 2’s January Adventure

28 01 2012

Read about Quilt 2’s adventure in Georgia during  January PDF.





Quilt 2: Ohio in November

2 01 2012
A Dream Was Born With Quilt #2
November, 2011

After finding out that Willard High School would be receiving Quilt #2, Mrs. Wyckoff’s classroom decided to put together a presentation for a few nearby classrooms.  At the end of September Mrs. Wyckoff attended an Iditarod Teacher Conference in Curtis, Michigan.  She came back with tons of things from the Iditarod, great ideas and a DOG SLED for our classroom!  She bought a raffle ticket and her name was drawn out by musher Jodi Bailey!  We were so excited!  What started off as a small presentation began to grow into a two week tour of all our area schools with Mrs. Wyckoff’s students as the presenters!

Each student was assigned an Iditarod topic to present.  We made presentation boards, collected items related to our topics and did research.  We covered the following topics: Sled Dogs, Dog Booties, Iditarod Awards, The Serum Run, Dog Sleds, Supplies, Mushers and Iditarod Quilt #2.  One student used signed language to answer questions about the types of dogs they use for the race.  We passed around all kinds of items that we had collected for the students to look at during our presentations.  The presentations grew into a 2 week tour!  Every school wanted us to share our presentations with them!  Two area newspapers came and interviewed our classroom.  We were front page news for 2 weeks in a row!

Each presentation began with a short introduction for the entire school.  Our classroom made two different videos to go with our presentations.  One video was for the elementary students and one for the middle school/high school students.  The elementary video contained an introduction to the Iditarod, funny musher pictures and some hilarious alaskan husky dog pictures.  The high school video was more informative and contained information about the serum run and the history of the Iditarod.  The elementary students loved singing and laughing along with our video.  It was fun to hear the entire school singing along with our video.  The middle school and high school video impressed our classmates as well as our administration!  We added our videos to the Quilt #2 Notebook for other classrooms to enjoy.

Our classroom is now busy working on designing our own quilt square, working on table toppers, collecting “Mush Money”, reading for the ‘Idita-read’ and dreaming about snow!  We can’t wait for there to be enough snow on the ground to take out our new sled and see how fast we can get it to go! We are hoping to skype with some classrooms who are doing Iditarod projects or have spent time with an Iditarod Quilt. We hated saying goodbye to Quilt #2 but look forward to meeting other quilts in the future!

Mrs. Wyckoff





Traveling Quilt – 2 Visits New York

25 10 2011

All About Me – A Traveling Quilt Idea

By:  Valerie Orner, Third grade teacher, Waverly, New York

The Iditarod Traveling Quilt made a stop in Waverly, New York for the month of October. Third grade teacher, Valerie Orner was excited to see the quilt that she helped create. The students were excited about seeing all the squares and where they all came from. Discussions abound as to what each square represented and where they were from. During a stop in front of the quilt one day, a student remarked that each square told about the person that created it.

The light bulb went off and the idea of the “All About Me” quilt was born.  Students are creating a 12 x 12 square on tag board that has their picture in the middle and the students are creating pictures that reflect who they are. The pictures include items such as family members, pets, favorite things, sports and anything the student felt was important to them.  The squares will then be put together and the entire classroom quilt will be on display in the school lobby. Like the Iditarod Traveling message, each square is different, just like my students.

Quilt 2





Traveling Quilt Update!

8 09 2011

It’s finished!  Quilt 9 is now an official Iditarod quilt and ready to be boxed up and mailed to the first quilt on quilt’s schedule.

Terrie Hanke, 2006 Teacher on the Trail™, Iditarod Educational Consultant, Education Committee Member, and race volunteer, completed Quilt 9’s construction this week and has readied the quilt for the year long journey!  That means, Quilt 9 is boxed up and ready to be  mailed!  A big thanks goes out to Terrie for her assistance with this project.

Terrie reports that the quilt will be sent this week to the first school on the schedule.

Quilt 9, may you have an incredible journey this year and for many years to come!

Quilt 1 has arrived in California.

Quilt 2 is boxed up and ready to be mailed.  Quilt 2 is scheduled to begin touring schools in October but it will be arriving at it’s first scheduled stop, a school in New York, very soon.

Quilt 3 is regrettably still missing.

Quilt 4 is boxed up and ready to be mailed to Texas.  This quilt begins it’s official journey in October.

Quilt 5 is in New Hampshire and is enjoying time with K9 Journalist, Gypsy.  Quilt 5 will be visiting schools before being mailed to the next school.

Quilt 6 has arrived in Nebraska and is enjoying it’s visit at a wonderful school!

Quilt 7 begins it’s journey in October.  It is boxed up and ready to be mailed!

Quilt 8 is in Idaho with Retta.

Quilt 9, as noted above, is soon on it’s way to begin  the year’s journey.

The 2011 – 2012 school year promises to be the best Iditarod Traveling Quilt season ever!  Stay tuned for the adventures of the Iditarod Traveling Quilts!

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Quilt 2

29 08 2011

Quilt 2, created in the summer of 2006 from quilt squares designed by teachers at the 2006 Iditarod Summer Conference.  Carol Helmke, an educator from Wisconsin, who attended the  Summer Conference, sewed the quilt together, and started quilt on it’s first journey in the fall of 2006.   (Thanks, Carol!  We hope you are enjoying retirement!)

Since starting a career in traveling from school to school around the nation, Quilt 2 has had the opportunity to meet students from the east coast to the west coast, and place in between.  Quilt enjoys visiting new places every year and is looking forward to this traveling season!

This year, Quilt 2 will be visiting the following states: New York, Ohio, Georgia, and Virginia.