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September 24, 2018

Polar Express Rolls Into Phoenix Middle School


PHOENIX – The Polar Express made its way into the Phoenix Central School District in the days before Christmas, leaving gifts and holiday cheer in its wake at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School.

Student Trey Barker gets a hand labeling and wrapping the gifts he picked out for his family members as part of Polar Express. Phoenix community members, teachers and administrators helped wrap gifts for the students’ families.

Student Trey Barker gets a hand labeling and wrapping the gifts he picked out for his family members as part of Polar Express. Phoenix community members, teachers and administrators helped wrap gifts for the students’ families.

For more than 15 years, teachers and community members have donated gifts ranging from jewelry to board games, and students then “shop” for their families.

After perusing the hundreds of items, students bring the gifts to the library, where teachers and community volunteers help them wrap and label the presents.

According to EJD school psychologist Jill Lunn, who helps organize the event, Polar Express gets bigger every year.

The far-reaching event impacts hundreds of students and families, with the givers often receiving the gift of giving and the holiday spirit.

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