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CopperDog Rock Houghton Elementary School

The CopperDog 150 thrills and delights thousands of fans race weekend, but every once in a while a race organization has to set their goals a little higher. We decided to take on the challenge of educating and entertaining 650 elementary school kids in an all school assembly at Houghton Elementary School.

CopperDog Visits Houghton Elementary School from Todd Brassard on Vimeo.

Its not easy holding the attention of kids. We brought in theater lights, a sound system, tons of props from the race, race officials, and best of all... a musher with a real six-dog team. All of the teachers did an excellent job of keeping our little show a secret and only a select few new about the dog team as the high point.

We played music as the kids filed in class by class, kindergarten through fifth grade. We showed videos, asked for kids to come down on "stage" and help us, race official talked about the jobs needed for planning a big sled-dog race, and when Mr. Hill gave the all clear to have dogs in the school, we brought in the team.

CopperDog Visits Houghton Elementary School from Todd Brassard on Vimeo.

All of this adventure is part of Houghton Elementary's reading month, entitled the "IdtaREAD" (clever name). Later in the evening, Tom Bauer (Otter River Sled Dog Training Center and Wilderness Adventures) returned to the school to give kids an opportunity to get on sled to go for a ride behind a dog team.

We are very appreciative of Ms. Ladd and Ms. Zimmerman for contacting CopperDog with the idea, with Mr. Hill for letting us take over the school for a few hours and all of the kids and teachers for their amazing reception and excitement.

The CopperDog has always been about community and bringing people together. What a thrill to get to work with some of the Keweenaw kids!

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