Alaskan sled dogs ‘mush’ their way to Vintage Hills Elementary

VHES students eagerly await the arrival of Lorraine Temple and her sled dog team Tuesday, Feb. 7. Courtesy photo
VHES students eagerly await the arrival of Lorraine Temple and her sled dog team Tuesday, Feb. 7. Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – All the way from Homer, Alaska, Lorraine Temple and her sled dog team arrived at Vintage Hills Elementary School Tuesday, Feb. 7, to give VHES students an inspiring and captivating look into what makes a husky such a great part of a team.

Since 1984, Temple has lived the colorful life of a dog musher and boat captain in Homer, Alaska, where she owned and operated a dog sled tour business, a bed-and-breakfast and worked in many out of the ordinary occupations. In addition to mushing her own dog team, Lorraine trained dogs for the famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race and worked with Warner Brothers and Steven Seagal on the film “On Deadly Ground.”

As a motivational speaker, using her dog mushing presentations to share adventures and examples of overcoming adversities, remains a favorite occupation and definitely one of the most satisfying for Temple. She and her sled dogs were invited to Vintage Hills to kick-off the school’s Team Huskies Week fundraiser.

Team Huskies Week is the largest fundraiser of the year for Vintage Hills funds raised are utilized for grade-level funds, safety and security items for the school, as well as enrichment programs and assemblies for our Husky students and families. Team Huskies Week was Feb. 27 through March 3. VHES PTA is worked in conjunction with WB Productions, a Temecula-based event management company, to coordinate the Team Huskies Week.

Some highlights of Team Huskies Week included Olympic medalists and professional athlete presenters with autograph opportunities for students and lunchtime camps led by local camp coaches showcasing all types of physical activities. Morning campus kick-offs with local high school drumlines, cheerleaders, and steppers to greet students and classroom team building and daily incentive activities were also held.

VHES ended the week March 3, with the VHES Color Fun Run. Students had the time of their life during the Color Run, where teachers and volunteers covered students with a rainbow of color.

Team Huskies Week message is that being a healthy, active, and involved member of the school and community promotes positive thinking, self-esteem, diminishes bullying, and gives students a sense of belonging.

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