- The Great Serum Race: Blazing the Iditarod Trail by Debbie S. Miller
- Paper plates
- hole punch
- decorations, we used beads, foam shapes, tissue paper, and crayons
- “Jesus is good medicine” sticker (optional)
The Iditarod dogsled race begins the first Saturday of March here in Alaska. It is a big deal. Many amazing athletes are involved, two and four legged ones. This book gives the history of the heroic events that inspired the Iditarod, a life-saving run of diphtheria serum from Anchorage to Nome in 1925.
If you want to learn more about the Iditarod Race here are a couple helpful sites.
Something special has happened the first Sunday of March for the last 5 years. A group called Carry the Cure takes the good news of Jesus love to the people who live along the Iditarod trail during the Iditarod. Alaska’s villages are struck with other epidemics today, ones not cured by any man-made serum. Our native people suffer some of the highest rates of suicide and abuse of all kinds in the country. Carry the Cure with the band Broken Walls goes into villages with a message of life and hope for all ages. They do school assemblies and concerts in native music and dress. One of their songs is Jesus Is Good Medicine. I could only find a recording of it on Facebook so I did not include a link. You can listen to samples of their music on their site.
Read the book.
- Discuss the amazing things that happened in the book.
- Discuss how different things work today.
- How is Jesus good medicine?
- What would it take to run a team of dogs in such harsh weather?
We made dance fans. Native Alaskans dance their stories, their history, and their faith. The women often use dance fans. The men often drum. Our dance fans don’t really resemble real ones but the kids had fun. You can decorate any way you like. I’ll explain what we did.
- Punch holes around the edge of the plate for the beads to run through.
- cut tissue paper in strips to staple around the top edge of the plate
- staple on foam shapes
- add stickers