Community leaders and law enforcement officers joined the Sisson School Parent Teachers Organization (PTO) at the first annual Polar Express Day on Dec. 22 at the Lynn elementary school.
Stacey Giguere, PTO president and the mother of two Sisson students, Molly and Nate, coordinated the festive event. Superintendent of School Catherine Latham, School Committee members Richard Starbard and Patricia Capano and School Committeeman-elect Charlie Gallo read the Polar Express story to students in pre-K through fifth-grade classrooms.
Jane Franklin, Sisson principal, Mary Chalmers, representing Mayor Judith Flanagan, Lynn firefighters, Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousens and officers from the Lynn and Saugus Police Departments and the Essex County Sheriff’s Office also served as celebrity readers.
“We got community leaders together and we had them read the Polar Express story to students in their classrooms,” said Giguere.
The PTO leader said each student received a ticket to board the Polar Express. The organization served milk and cookies to the students. The students also took part in arts and crafts activities.
“And just like the Polar Express story, every students was given a bell to take home with them,” said Giguere, adding that students were allowed their pajamas to the school for the day.
At the conclusion of the event, Franklin thanked the PTO for their organizational efforts. “They did a great job,” said Franklin.