Many schools around the country use the Iditarod as a learning tool and include various aspects of the race in their syllabus'. Sometimes, part of their teaching includes the students writing a letter to their chosen musher and this year we received hundreds of letters from students all over the US.
We always enjoy receiving them along with pictures the students have drawn, handmade cards and other fun enclosures. It is not only fun but also funny at times when there are some "kids say the darndest things" moments like the one student who suggested Aliy bring her "A game" next time.
We reply to each one with information about the race, the kennel and dogs and try to answer all their questions. We also send a dog trading card so they can get to know one of the dogs a little more personally. It's a fun time of year! And who knows, maybe one day some of those students will run the race and be replying to letters themselves!