School celebrates Polar Express Day

Dec. 08, 2012 @ 05:15 AM

FOREST CITY — Children dressed in pajamas smiling and waving from a little blue train was what you would see if you visited Forrest Hunt Elementary School on Friday.

Polar Express Day was a hit among the students who got to take a ride around the parking lot on the train, enjoy hot chocolate, and watch the movie "The Polar Express."

The classes had already read the book in their classes, so the teachers spent the last six weeks preparing for this day of celebration.

"It is a way to celebrate reading and give the children the opportunity to see Santa," Laura Thompson, reading specialist, said.

The Polar Express train was driven by Engineer Rick Walker, who has been bringing his train to the school for this day for two years.

"He is so much fun. He really makes the ride more entertaining for the students with his comments," said Karen Glover, media specialist.

After their train ride, the students were welcomed into the library, which was decorated like the North Pole, to have their pictures made with Santa. Some of the classes had even written letters to Santa, which they presented to him as they were getting pictures taken.

Each student received a bell from Santa's sleigh, just like in the book.