Students celebrate Polar Express Day at a Duluth school

By KBJR News 1

December 20, 2013 Updated Dec 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Kindergarten students at North Star school in Duluth had a lot of fun today wearing pajamas, drinking hot chocolate and hopping aboard the Polar Express story.

The students celebrated Christmas with Polar Express Day. Teachers read the Polar Express book to the students accompanied by a range of audio sound effects.

The students were so excited to hear about Santa and the North Pole. They then gathered in the library to see a model of a train like the Polar Express.

They concluded the day with watching the Polar Express movie. Polar Express Day is just one-day out of a week-long agenda in which the kids learn about different holidays and cultures around the world.

"We think it’s important because everyone celebrates different things, and we want them to know that everybody is different and special and to respect that. And to learn about all of them as well,” Kindergarten teacher, Heather Lindstron, said.

Earlier in the week students also learned about some other traditions like Italy's LaBefana, Sweden's Santa Lucia, Kwanza and Hannukah.

Teachers say many schools around the nation participate in this week of teaching about international cultural traditions.

Ramona Marozas