Northeast Students Ride the ‘Polar Express’

Polar Express

The popular Christmas tale “The Polar Express” came to life at Northeast Elementary School, as the school was transformed to make students feel like they were part of the story.

One hallway was decorated to look like a train, another like a forest and a third like the North Pole, representing the three main settings in the book and animated movie. Black tape was used to make it look like train tracks ran throughout the building.

After watching parts of the movie every day, all students wore their pajamas to school on Dec. 15 and gathered in the gymnasium to watch the final 20 minutes. The children could enter after their golden ticket was punched by teachers serving as the train conductors. Santa then visited and handed out jingle bells.

Kindergarten teacher Maria Leviano explained that “Polar Express” week was a multi-curricular celebration with themed activities to help students improve their ELA and math skills. They read the book, wrote about the first Christmas present they would want to receive, and counted marshmallows during hot chocolate and cookie parties.