Wouldn't it be delightful if everyone sent a drawing with their thank you notes? Well, that's what we received from the third graders in Linda Herbert's class in Montara. These beautifully illustrated expressions of gratitude show us just what part of the Roving Garden Railroad each child focused on - at least for their picture.
It was hard to narrow down the pile to just five letters to
share here. I'll start with my favorite - Lillian's simply stated, "I liked the tunnel" made me feel our efforts in that department have been appreciated. Ava and Turner especially liked the "wod r fol", but also colored in many other elements of the layout. I think Ava really captured the mountains, as well as her fellow students smiling beside the railroad. Or do they represent the four boxcar children?
Many kids made reference to the book, The Boxcar Children, which they read prior to our displaying the Roving Garden Railroad with its miniature scenes from their book. Turner drew a picture of the youngest boxcar sibling, Benny, sitting by the waterfall (wod r fol) that helped the children survive in their boxcar home.
Cammie seems to understand the scale nature of the
railway, as she drew herself much bigger than the trees - with a big smile, too. Most of the kids represented the tracks in their pictures. After all, railroads and their importance in moving freight and passengers across our country were the focus of their classroom for Continents Day, the big event that BAGRS helped to celebrate. Daniel's primary concern was a detailed black and red locomotive driven by a happy engineer. He liked the book, too - and thanked us. Well done, BAGRS! Kids, we appreciate your lovely thank yous!