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The Polar Bear Express Experience

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The Polar Bear Express was not only a train ride, but a mind changer that affect my family and I’s experience on a train forever. Since the whole family doesn’t get to spend the holidays together due to my parents having to work night shifts, my grandpa decided to treat our hard working family with a early present. Little did I know that not only this present rose our spirits up for the holiday but also made my heart a little bigger.

An old Chicago train is now being used around the Howard and Cass County for the Polar Bear Express. The train is a 30-minute train ride full of stories, characters, and most importantly,the cookies and hot chocolate. When we first arrived at the station in Kokomo, I had no idea what to expect. Everyone was dressed up with nothing but Christmas clothing. Even the little kids that rode on the train with us had pajamas on just like in the movie Polar Express! Also the employees dressed up as little conductors and servants to make everyone on the train feel as if they were in the movie! This all felt like a little dream and as the train started to move, Christmas lights flashed on in multiple colors that made the whole train glow with all the children and parents in awe. We all talked until the “conductor” of the train introduced himself with a bright, optimistic smile and then said something that caught my interest. This train program that has been going all around the United States is for the Special Olympics and some of the winners were on the train with us. All of the winners stood up and introduced themselves and a little spark in my heart lit up when they talked about their winnings proudly. One girl even sat next to us and talked to my sisters about her experience at the Special Olympics and how much the events inspired her to be herself. This made the price worth the payment after hearing about the Special Olympics cause into this.

After all of the fun with the kids, two famous people appeared and introduced as the jolliest and merriest people of all. Of course it was no other than Mr. & Mrs. Claus! Both of them went one by one to the seats with little stuffed polar bear gifts for everyone and even asked the children, including myself, what we want for Christmas. This excited the kids the most, and I got the chance to talk to the woman that played Mrs.Claus about her role and being apart of this great program.

“I love doing this, especially for the special kids.”, said Mrs.Claus. “One thing that I have noticed is that when we asked what they want for Christmas, some say they want to see their families or go back home and it really breaks my heart for some of these kids.” She also stated that even though some families are taken away, the Polar Bear Express tries to interact with them as much as possible and hopefully the train keeps everyone happy.

In my opinion, the Polar Bear Express was a fun little trip to take the family to. It was nice to be with my family and enjoy some company by others that will forever be in my heart and mind. I realized something important on that trip as well. Even though the season is all about presents, it’s also about the people that surrounds you. It’s the people that you don’t know what you would do without them so don’t take them for granted because some kids don’t have the same opportunity as you do. Stuff you can do to make a change in those kids lives are just being their friend and spread love, especially during this time of year.

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  1. Jameson on December 12th, 2017 2:19 pm

    The fact that the Special Olympics is getting involved around here is really cool. Indiana isn’t really a popular state, so it’s strange to have anything worldwide located here. Even more surprising is that something worldwide would be located near us. I kinda want to ride this. Great article!

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The Polar Bear Express Experience