In the words of one teacher at Douglas Elementary, the school’s last day before the Christmas holiday break, Friday, Dec. 21, was “just phenomenal.” A themed celebration based on the popular children’s book and movie The Polar Express, the day included classroom viewings of movie as well as a ride on The Polar Express Train! Many of the children even came attired in their pajamas to give an authentic feel to the events.
Rides on the Polar Express Train came completewith tickets like those used in the movie and, of course, the necessary bell. Marshmellows, hot chocolate, and popcorn were available as well, which was a good thing since the train brought with it an artic cold front complete with those biting polar winds. However, the children seemed not to mind the cold as it probably aided to the authenticity of the celebrations, too.
Friday’s events culminated a week’s worth of celebrating that included a talent show for 3rd-5th graders in which teachers even participated. Teacher Melissa Mims credited Principal Bobby Turner and Assistant Principal Alfreda Turner for the wonderful week and said that while most of the schools in Edgefield County marked the coming Christmas holidays with special school activities, she felt Douglas’ were “the best out of all the schools.” Biased? Maybe, but judging from the smiles in the pictures, I think Mrs. Mims assertion that it was a wonderful day ending a very merry week could be right on the mark!