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Polar Express Day held in Moriah

Children make gingerbread trains

Erica Riemersma helps her daughter, Juliana, make a gingerbread train during Polar Express Day at Moriah Central School.

Erica Riemersma helps her daughter, Juliana, make a gingerbread train during Polar Express Day at Moriah Central School. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Moriah Central School students prepared for Christmas by celebrating Polar Express Day.

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Ashlyn Mandy gets help from her aunt, Tara Orr, as they make a gingerbread train during Polar Express Day at Moriah Central School.

Kindergarten students made gingerbread trains with family members in the morning. That afternoon they viewed “The Polar Express” in the school auditorium on a big screen with surround sound.

“Each child asked a family member to come in and assist them with building and decorating (the gingerbread trains),” said Heather Callahan, kindergarten teacher. “That afternoon we went to the auditorium to watch ‘The Polar Express’.”

“The Polar Express” is a 2004 motion capture computer-animated fantasy film based on the children’s book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg. The movie stars Tom Hanks in multiple roles.

“The Polar Express” tells the story of a boy who boards a mysterious train bound for the North Pole. When he arrives, Santa offers the boy any gift he desires. The boy asks for a bell from the harness of the reindeer. The gift is granted. On the way home the bell is lost.

On Christmas morning, the boy finds the bell under the tree.

The story has inspired many communities to actually create “Polar Express” trains that provide rides to children during the holiday season. The Saratoga-North Creek Railroad offers a “Polar Express” leaving the Saratoga Springs station.

Children are encouraged to wear pajamas on the rain, where they meet Santa, have hot chocolate and receive a gift.

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