Polar Express Pajama Party

  • Franklin Country Technical School Science teacher Dan Prasol as the Polar Express conductor and Jamie Noel, FCTS director of information technology, as the engineer. Submitted photo

Published: 11/30/2018 10:00:28 PM

TURNERS FALLS – Franklin County Technical School will take travelers on a Holiday journey with its first annual “The Polar Express Pajama Party.”

This family event, sponsored by Alber Hearing Services of Greenfield, will be held at the school located at 82 Industrial Boulevard, Turners Falls on Friday, December 14,  beginning at 6 p.m. The cost is $2 per person.

Space is limited so the event will only be open to the first 300 people to register.

Those who wish to register can email Franklin County Technical School at polarexpress@fcts.us or call 413-863-9561, extension 233.

Attendees are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring pillows, blankets and sleeping bags.

“I want this to be like an old fashioned Christmas sleepover,” said Daniel Prasol, FCTS science teacher and chief organizer of “The Polar Express Pajama Party.”

The event will be held in the FCTS Assembly Hall, where the movie “The Polar Express” starring Tom Hanks will be shown. Following the movie, Santa Claus will deliver the “First Gift of Christmas” bell to all children who attend. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be available for photos after the film is over.

Franklin County Technical School will be decked out in Holiday decorations for the event. Christmas trees will line the corridor, which will be known that night as the North Pole, leading to the North Pole Train Station and the Assembly Hall. Travelers will have the opportunity to judge the best tree.

Each traveler will receive one free cookie and hot chocolate, and other refreshments will be on sale. While at the North Pole, children will have the opportunity to write letters to Santa, as well as play games and participate in activities, including making an ornament, face painting and more. The classic cartoon “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” will also be playing at the North Pole.

“The Polar Express Pajama Party” comes on the heels of Franklin County Technical School’s wildly successful “Trek & Treat @ Tech” Halloween community event. Organizers of the Holiday event are hoping that “The Polar Express Pajama Party” resonates with the community in the same way.

“I want to have something that’s inexpensive and fun and that will give a boost to the Holiday spirit,” Prasol said. “The goal is to make this a yearly event that the community and kids can look forward to.”

Franklin County Technical School wishes to thank Alber Hearing Services for its generous sponsorship.




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