Each year at Blessed Sacrament School in Savannah, known for providing educational excellence, strong Catholic faith formation and the integrated development of the whole child for over 70 years, students in the second grade come dressed in their Christmas pajamas for "Polar Express Day", a day of festivities that includes decorating cookies, making ornaments and Christmas cards, playing bingo, and going for a ride on the Polar Express.
This year, Polar Express Day brought with it a special surprise: as children boarded the Polar Express – summoned by the conductor blowing his whistle and exclaiming “All Aboard!” – they walked through a pathway of falling snow, thanks to a snow machine that provided a true immersive experience.
The students spent the morning rotating through different stations. Their journey on the Polar Express included a cup of hot chocolate to keep warm and a reading of the book from the conductor himself, followed by a chance to share what they want for Christmas. After decorating cookies, the children gathered around a guitar-playing Elf to sing Christmas songs. The second graders also had a chance to decorate Christmas ornaments, make Christmas cards for their family and play a game of Christmas bingo. All the morning festivities were followed by lunch and a showing of the movie, “The Polar Express.”
"The second graders look forward to Polar Express Day every year," said one of the teachers. “We have a lot of fun.”