BLUE HILL, Maine — The Downeast Dog Scouts are sponsoring Idita-Read Teams this year at the Blue Hill Library and the Tremont School. The Idita-Read is a reading incentive event for school age readers. Team Coordinator at the Tremont School, Librarian Crystal Dow, is organizing the student body into four Idita-Read teams. At the Blue Hill Library, Youth Services Librarian Pat Horton is the Idita-Read Team Coordinator. The Downeast Dog Scouts troop dogs are serving as Team Mascots, encouraging their reading teams along the way!
Mirroring Alaska’s biggest annual sled dog race, the Idita-Readers rely on reading minutes to travel the distance along the Iditarod trail from Anchorage to Nome. Participants can read anything they desire to read and then will log their reading minutes. One minute of reading equals one mile on the Iditarod trail. Based on the 2012 Race Schedule, readers can take up to 55 days to complete the race, March 3rd – April 20th.
The Idita-Read total reading goal is 1,112 minutes. This equates to a reading goal of about 141 minutes a week with a minimum daily reading goal of about 20 minutes. Educators will provide books and resources encouraging the readers to learn more about the Iditarod and mushing, geography, mapping, climate, science and technology, social studies and art. Each participant will track their trail progress on maps with checkpoints and learn along the way.
Downeast Dog Scouts Troop 159 is an affiliate of the Dog Scouts of America in Hancock County, Maine that promotes responsible dog ownership, bringing people and dogs together to learn, socialize and help in the community. Reading is the cornerstone of all learning and many of the dogs in the troop are Reading Education Assistance Dogs. The Idita-Read is a fantastic project for a group that loves dogs, the outdoors and the promotion of positive canine relationships through education and reading with children.