Families will read many Christmas books throughout the holidays. One timeless classic, “Polar Express,” came to life for kindergarten students at the Galion Primary School Dec. 11.
The day’s festivities began with students watching the animated movie in each of their classrooms. Following lunch, students and teachers participated in a sing-along in the Primary gymnasium. Led by retired music teacher Mike Holtzapfel, students sang along to many great Christmas songs in preparation for their experience aboard the “Polar Express.”
“Every year since moving into the building, our students have enjoyed this wonderful activity,” Primary School Principal Cindy Voss said. “The kindergarten teachers do a fantastic job incorporating different educational lessons into the daylong activities, and the students get to really enjoy the Christmas spirit all day.”
The students walked from the gymnasium to find the kindergarten hallway lined with chairs, two seats per side. Once the students took their seats aboard the “Polar Express,” the train’s conductor came through punching tickets and talking to the students. Gary Frankhouse, Jr. played the role of the train’s conductor again this year.
“We are very grateful that Gary continues to volunteer his time for this activity,” Voss said. “He embraces the role of the conductor and the students really enjoy his cheerfulness and positive energy.”
A very special visitor made an appearance before the students disembarked the train and returned to their classrooms. Much to the delight of the students, Santa Claus made his annual appearance aboard the Primary School “Polar Express” to greet each of the students and wish them a Merry Christmas.
“We are very fortunate to have an outstanding group of kindergarten teachers organizing a day of fun activities for our youngest Tigers,” Superintendent Jim Grubbs said. “This activity is just one example of how our great teachers go the extra mile to ensure all our students, from preschool to seniors, have an outstanding educational experience in the Galion City School District.”