Eagle Hill students ride the ‘Polar Express’

If you’ve read The Polar Express or seen the movie, you’ll understand just how exciting an afternoon it was when the youngest Eagle Hill School students explored the story through games, crafts and story time.

From the faculty’s point of view, the afternoon was an innovative way to introduce the story and its concepts to the Lower School children.

Dressed in pajamas, the children created trains using geometric shapes out of colored paper, thought of descriptive words for cocoa as they glued “marshmallows” to drawings of hot chocolate, and played a popular pass-around game. Special elves from the North Pole (Kids Helping Kids volunteers from the Upper School) were on hand to assist wherever they were needed.

The excitement rose when Assistant Head of School Rob Breakell, wearing a vintage conductor cap, blew his whistle to signal that “the train” was leaving for the North Pole. After each student had his or her “ticket” stamped, they took a seat in chairs lined up in rows, just as if they were on a real train.

As a crackling fire played behind her on the large screen, Head of School Marjorie Castro had every child listening intently as she read The Polar Express aloud. When the story ended, each student had learned that if they heard the bells, they still believed — in magic, in themselves, in dreams. When they lined up to leave, each child received a bell on a silver ribbon, produced by their teachers and advisors.

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