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Read Across Alaska – NEA-Alaska and Yukon Quest Champion Musher Hugh Neff Partner to Promote Literacy Across the State


NEA-Alaska members will join Yukon Quest Champion and Iditarod musher Hugh Neff at 9am on Saturday, March 3rd for the start of the Iditarod to celebrate NEA-Alaska’s 3rd Annual Read Across Alaska, a program that promotes literacy across the state.  Iditarod musher Hugh Neff and NEA-Alaska members will be in downtown Anchorage at the ceremonial start of the Iditarod.

“Read Across Alaska is an opportunity to highlight the importance of reading which is fundamental to a student’s educational success,” said NEA-Alaska President Barb Angaiak. “We are extremely excited to partner with Hugh Neff, who carries our message regarding the importance of reading across the state.”

NEA-Alaska joins the National Education Association in building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its fourteenth year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources. Read Across Alaska brings this national campaign home to children, families and schools across our state.

About Hugh Neff

Hugh Neff grew up in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.  After wandering around the United States for a few years, he discovered Alaska and the world of dog mushing. Hugh is a seasoned musher, having competed in eight Iditarod races and he won the 2012 Yukon Quest. He has also competed in the Knik 200, the Copper Basin 300, the Roadrunner 100, Percy deWolf 200, and the Kobuk 440. Hugh is an advocate for public education and literacy, traveling to schools throughout the nation to share his experiences in dog mushing, racing, and the necessity of

About NEA-Alaska

NEA-Alaska is a diverse organization of teachers, certificated staff, education support professionals (ESPs), retired members, and students training to become teachers.  With almost 13,000 members, NEA-Alaska is a democratic organization that promotes high standards of excellence in education for the children of Alaska through support of public school employees. For more information on NEA-Alaska visit www.neaalaska.org.

following your dreams and working hard to achieve your goals. For more information on Hugh, visit his website at http://laughingeyeskennel.com.

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