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FCCLA students bring Polar Express to life
You could call it a Christmas gift with a mission. Members of the Kearney FCCLA are spending a few evenings a week helping bring a famous and beloved book to life. It's fun, but also educational encouraging kids to read.
Their story is this week's Celebrate Youth.
Dressed in their pajamas and nightcoats with ticket in hand children board the trolley in Kearney, headed to "the North Pole, of course."
It's a scene right out of popular book and movie the Polar Express.
"The book was one of my favorite books when I was a kid and when the movie came out, it was my Christmas present that year from my parents," said junior Rachel Buss.
For the Kearney High School FCCLA members who are a part of the event, bringing the story to life isn't just about sharing the Christmas spirit, but also sharing a love for reading.
"I really do believe in our community service project this year, and promoting literacy in the community," said senior Demares Campos.
It's a fun way to show kids how much fun reading can be.
So with hot cocoa in hand, the bright lights of the city around them, and the sounds of the season around them.
These children don't just hear the story; they are the story.
Driver: Is that, the North Pole? It is!
Reading: And he stood up with the bell in his hand and said...
Santa: Did you get your bell yet?
For the kids it's a trip that might just change how they feel about reading.
For the adults, it's a lesson too in just how powerful the spirit of Christmas really is.
If you'd like to hitch a ride on the Polar Express, it's not too late.
The trolley has few more runs— this Tuesday through Thursday at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Contact the Kearney Public Schools Foundation for tickets. They're $5 a piece.
Dec. 14-16 at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m.
Leaves from Museum of Nebraska Art parking lot.
$5 per person
Call (308) 293-6025
Proceeds benefit C.L.A.S.S. Act and the Kearney Public Schools Foundation.
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