Students at Weyauwega Elementary learned about sled dogs when author Pam Flowers visited the school.
Flowers’ April 10 presentation to the students centered around her adventure mushing to the Arctic.
That adventure led her to write the book “Big Enough Anna.”
Lynn Koehler works in the library at Weyauwega Elementary, and before Flowers visited the school, Koehler read part of that story to the students.
“Pam requested that I stop in the middle of the book and let her finish it with the students. No one was allowed to check that book out,” Koehler said. “No one knew how it ended until Pam came and finished it with the students. Pam had real photographs of Anna and the rest of her dog team on her trip to the Arctic as she told the story of Anna.”
Flowers also gave a brief history of how she ended up in Alaska, training for treks and raising dogs.
She told the students she was inspired to live in Alaska when she was a child and heard a presentation like the one she gives to students today.
Flowers was working as a licensed respiratory therapist when she decided to save her money and move to Alaska.
These days, she tours throughout the United States, telling her story.
Flowers has completed nine sled dog expeditions, including the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 1982-1983.
Her last trek was in 2008-2009 hiking the Appalachian Trail, which became the inspiration for her book “Ellie’s Long Walk.”
Flowers has written a total of five books.
She has also written numerous magazine articles, produced an educational newsletter, spoken at the Smithsonian and the St. Louis Science Center and lectured to more than 650,000 students at more than 1,1,00 public and private school in the United States.