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All aboard the Franklin Tech Polar Express Pajama Party

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Staff Writer
Monday, December 03, 2018

TURNERS FALLS — All aboard the Polar Express!

Franklin County Technical School invites children under 10 and their families to attend the first Polar Express Pajama Party on Friday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m.

This family event will be held at the school located at 82 Industrial Boulevard. The cost is $2 per person.

Space is limited for the event and will only be open to the first 300 people who register. Currently, there are about 200 people registered.

Daniel Prasol, FCTS science teacher and chief organizer of The Polar Express Pajama Party, said if the school reaches its cap, there will be a waiting list as well.

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.

Prasol said he decided to start the event because he wanted to create an event for children in the community and share his excitement for the holiday, too.

“I want this to be like an old fashioned Christmas sleepover,” said Prasol. “The goal is to spread the holiday spirit.”

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, as well the conductor and engineer from the Polar Express will also be available for photos after the film is over.

Franklin County Technical School will be decorated 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 attendee will receive one free cookie and hot chocolate, and other refreshments will be on sale.

In the corridor, children will have the opportunity to write letters to Santa, play games, make ornaments or get their face painted. The cartoon “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” will also be playing at the North Pole.

“Every year we bring my son and daughter to New Hampshire for their Polar Express event and we weren’t able to go this year,” Prasol said. So I thought it would be a great idea to put on an event for them and kids in this community.”

The Polar Express Pajama Party comes on the heels of Franklin County Technical School’s “Trek and Treat at Tech” Halloween community event, which Prasol said was “very successful.” The event is sponsored by Alber Hearing Services of Greenfield.

“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.”