By Staff Report
Santa and kids on the CVNP Polar Express
All Aboard! Thanks to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Scenic Railroad, Project RISE took a trip to the “North Pole” on the Polar Express December 10th, 2014. The Project RISE Staff accompanied nearly 60 people including families and liaisons from local shelters, and doubled up families. The train departed the Akron Northside Station for a fun filled 2 hour round trip.
Every child received a sleigh bell and a golden ticket as they boarded the train in cozy pajamas. Car No. 3 was completely filled with smiling faces as Ranger Pamela Machuga read “The Polar Express” book by Chris Van Allsburg. The elves took the lead in singing Christmas carols as all participants enjoyed a nice cup of hot cocoa and a delicious, fresh baked cookie. Santa also made an appearance aboard the Polar Express.
Project RISE takes great pride in being able to bring enrichment programs to the children who are experiencing homelessness in the Akron area.
This program is a collaborative effort by Akron Public Schools, local shelters and the Akron community to provide supplemental educational services to children and youth experiencing homelessness. During the 2013-2014 school year, Project RISE Identified and served close to 1,500 students experiencing homelessness.