Bay Area Garden Railway Society

Montara school event

11/21/2011 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
On November 19, four BAGRS members ran trains on the Roving Garden Railway for Montara's Farralone View Elementary School, less than a mile from the ocean. BAGRS member, Linda Herbert, organized our participation in the event through her school, as she is one of the teachers in this beautiful seaside community.  Every year Farralone View hosts "Continent Day", a semi-public event in which parents are invited to participate. All morning the children take their home-made "passports" from room to room and get them stamped while they visit each display and take part in hands-on activities teaching about  the continent of the year: this year was North America. To celebrate the railroads' history of connecting North Americans, Linda Herbert's classroom was decorated with memorabilia about trains and  kids could operate trains on the floor.  Just outside her room a chalked-in track led to BAGRS' display in the school's courtyard. In the above photo, Linda Herbert and Frank Lucas watch children watch trains.
    In preparation for the Roving Garden Railway, grades 1, 2 and 3 read the book, The Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner, a story about orphaned siblings living on their own in an abandoned boxcar. It's also told in 3-D on the train layout. Numbered signs and a scavenger-hunt styled handout gave kids the fun of finding the story among the buildings, rolling stock and live scenery. One girl, left, points at Watch, the runaway dog, which she spies in the doctor's garden where cherry trees grow. Most kids just wanted to watch the trains go around or run alongside.
   When it came time to set up or take down the trailer, parents and custodians helped make the job easier. Recent alterations by Joe Barker and Bill Mead made at a work party were immensely helpful, too. Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help, BAGRS members. Not shown, but helping with answering questions from children were Edward van Pelt and Terry Hurley. Nancy Norris is about to back up her truck to the buttoned-up trailer, shown ready for hook up.

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