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The sound of a train whistle could be heard throughout the kindergarten wing of Wantagh Elementary as students prepared to participate in activities related to Chris Van Allsburg’s popular tale “The Polar Express.” Upon blowing the whistle, Principal Dr. Randee Bonagura and Assistant Principal Jessica Zimmer punched each student’s ticket as they took a proverbial ride with their teachers throughout the school’s hallways while dressed in snuggly pajamas.

After reading the popular tale about an old-fashioned steam train that takes children to the North Pole for Santa’s departure on this annual sleigh ride, the students settled down to literary and art activities, including the crafting of construction paper hot chocolate cups and trains as well as sequencing and sentence structure exercises. The special activities culminated with a warm cup of hot chocolate and cookies to celebrate the holiday season.