There was less than two weeks to have kids help dogs and mushers at the Iditarod, but 96 seventh graders at Cheney Middle School in West Fargo did it for a fictitious race across North Dakota.
The project was called “I Will Survive”. The idea was for students to create a project that would help dogs or mushers compete and survive. Teams of students presented their ideas in the school’s lunch commons.
A local veterinarian gave a presentation to the students about the difficulties faced by dogs and mushers before the students started their projects. Some of these include extreme cold and whiteout conditions.
Among the ideas presented were a “doggy care kit” which included organic dog treats, a paw booty to warm up the dogs’ feet, and a heated blanket. Another project was a design for a better braking system so that mushers could slow down the sleds more safely.