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Dillon Hosts Annual Polar Express Shopping Event

Emerson J. Dillon Middle School’s Room 102 was transformed into Santa’s workshop during the school’s Polar Express shopping event just days before Christmas.

Middle school counseling intern Samantha Rose, left, helps sixth grader Maria Main wrap gifts during the school’s Polar Express shopping event.
Middle school counseling intern Samantha Rose, left, helps sixth grader Maria Main wrap gifts during the school’s Polar Express shopping event.

Thanks to area businesses, churches and EJD staff members’ generous donations, several students acted as elves during the celebration, as they were able to pick out one gift for every member of their household.

Tables were filled with stuffed animals, board games, Barbies, tools, fragrances, mittens and hats, houseware, trinkets and many other items.

Sixth grader Maria Main found presents for her siblings and classmate Mackenizie Bennett said it was hard to choose the perfect gifts for everyone in her family.

“This is for my sister because she loves Frozen!” said one student as he held up a Disney’s Frozen stationary set.

“The Polar Express” movie played throughout the day in the classroom gift shop.

Upon selection of gifts, students went to a wrapping station in the library so gifts were ready to be placed under the tree just in time for Christmas morning.