By Beth Pinyerd
For the
Opelika Observer

In the halls of Northside Intermediate School last week fourth grade students were all smiles in their snuggly, cozy, warm pajamas.
Each fourth grade teacher prepared their rooms to reflect the magical scenes of The Polar Express. The students were all nestled around their teachers sipping on delicious hot chocolate and Christmas treats as their teachers opened up their imaginations with joy in reading The Polar Express.
The Polar Express is a children’s book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. The book is now widely considered to be a classic Christmas story for young children. Mrs. Kristen Massey, a fourth grade teacher at the school, said the book offers many teaching tools as well.
A young boy goes on a Polar Express journey which causes him to believe again!
Fourth grader Payton Matheny said that she enjoyed the magical Christmas pictures. She stated “Christmas is very important because it brings us together.”
Fellow fourth grader Trent Eiland said he was fascinated by the train going up the mountain but not rolling back down. He added that he was fascinated by the multi colors over the sleigh. Trent’s favorite part of Christmas is being together.