Artwork created by Vista View fourth-grade student Emerson Stattman and art teacher Kelly Vo was chosen as the US Postal Service cancellation stamp for the 2019 John Beargrease Sled Dog Racing Series trail mail.
Mushers in the race carry mail with them along the course from Duluth to Two Harbors in honor of the race’s namesake, who delivered mail along the North Shore of Lake Superior for more than 20 years in the late 1800s. The mail receives a commemorative cancellation stamp, which this year featured Emerson’s drawing of a sled dog along with the words “Beargrease Station” and “Carried by Sled Dog.”
Second grade teacher Amy Tucci follows the race each year in her class, using it to engage students in lessons about wildlife, science, writing, mathematics and more. The learning experience makes such an impression that former students will even come back to Tucci’s classroom during the races to check on mushers’ progress.
This year, Tucci’s class also had a visit from Chloe and Carlie Beatty, both of whom participated in this year’s Beargrease, as well as sled dog Pearl, who has raced in previous years.
Learn more about trail mail at the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon at www.beargrease.com/trail-mail.