Boys and Girls!
What Does Freedom Mean to You?
Here is a fun way to express yourself and your thinking and find an audience to share it with!
- Record a video clip
- Create a dance to patriotic music
- Write a song
- Write a rap
- Write a poem
- Write a story
- Draw a picture with paint, watercolor, chalk, colored glue, pencil, colored pencil, marker, or anything else you choose
- Write a speech
- Start a Freedom Garage Band and put on a show!
- Design a U.S. Flag to decorate your bedroom with- you could use any art supplies you want
- Make a collage- get creative!
- Take photographs and make a FREEDOM PHOTO ALBUM
- Take photographs at a Veteran Honoring Memorial or Museum and make a photo album with captions to tell what you learned
- Make up a FREEDOM cheer
- Plan a red, white and blue party with your friends to celebrate your FREEDOM and have everyone bring their creative expression of FREEDOM to share. Everyone could wear red, white and blue and serve red, white and blue foods!
- Have an adult help you find Veterans living in Assisted Living or Convalescent Care facilities and make an opportunity to share your patriotic creative self with them to say, “THANK YOU!”
This ideas list is unlimited!
Learn More Fun Facts… Visit the Official Freedom Train Websites!
Meet Your Best Freedom Friends
We are excited to have the four main characters introduce themselves from The 1947 Freedom Train! We would like you to know that Justin, Jaden, Libby and Sonia are actively involved in the FREEDOM BLOG at their school. They also have been inspired by serving Veterans in their community through the H.E.L.P. (Help Each Loyal Patriot) Community Service Project started at their school. They encourage you to find out more about the FREEDOM BLOG and H.E.L.P. on our website.
Hey there, I’m Justin! As you know, I have an amazing Grandpa who has taught me to be curious and ask questions. I really like thinking of new ideas and working together with my friends. After school, I practice baseball and that’s how I met my best friend Jaden. On the weekends, I get together with a few friends and play music. We have a band called,
Jam and I’m the drummer. I love school and my favorite subject is reading. I hope you enjoy reading The 1947 Freedom Train because its a home run hit about America’s FREEDOM!
Hi y’all, my name is Libby! I am so excited Grandma Pearl is coming to watch my best friend Sonia and I play in our soccer game! Go Racers! Later on I will be practicing the piano to get ready for my recital. I have always loved writing stories and poems and I want to write songs someday. I love thinking through stories and figuring out the best ending for the characters. My favorite color is red and that’s one of the colors of our cheerleading uniform! Would you believe our uniforms are the same color as the Freedom Train?
Give me an F-R-E-E-D-O-M! What’s that spell?… FREEDOM!!!
Hello everyone, my name is Jaden! Growing up, my mom always encouraged me to be a leader. I love learning how everything works, especially in science, and won 1st place at the fair. This encouraged me to start an afterschool science club where we can explore and ask all kinds of questions. One of my hobbies is learning to play the electric guitar. Baseball is my favorite sport. I play pitcher and my best friend Justin plays 1st base. I plan to knock it out of the park chasing my American dream! Go America!
Hola’ friends my name is Sonia! I just climbed down from my tree fort that my dad and I built in our backyard. My favorite subject is math, so I loved measuring the wood and counting the number of boards we would need for the fort. Libby is my best friend and we even bought matching BFF bracelets! I enjoy learning to play the violin and I keep practicing everyday. Cheerleading is so much fun and we love making up our own cheers! Our favorite cheer is when we say,
Give me an A-M-E-R-I-C-A… What do we love?… AMERICA!
The 1947 Freedom Pledge
Let’s raise our hands together and join these Americans from the past to continue to uphold the Freedom Pledge today!
Always remember the 1947 Freedom Train Slogan… Freedom is Everybody’s Job!
Kids… ask your teachers or parents about starting a Freedom Blog in your school. You can use the list of questions and ideas below to find ways to show others that you care! YOU can help change the world by joining together with others in your community to show that you care! The opportunities are endless! All aboard!
Freedom Blog 4 Kids
How were you a good friend today?
How did you become a friend to someone who was bullied today?
How did you protect someone who was being bullied today?
How did you stop being a bully today?
How did you help someone stop being a bully today?
How did you help someone who was struggling to read today?
How did you help someone who was struggling with math today?
How did you help someone who was struggling in another subject?
What kind and encouraging words did you say to someone today?
What is something that belongs to you that you shared with someone today?
How did you solve a problem today for yourself or for someone else using a caring idea?
How did you play fairly today?
How did you treat someone fairly today?
How did you help yourself or someone else today?
How did you surprise someone today with kindness and sympathy?
How did you show respect to someone today?
How did you develop your character today?
How were you a caring leader today?
How did you follow a caring leader today?
How did you encourage someone today?
How did you encourage someone else or yourself to work hard today?
How did you encourage someone else or yourself to not give up today?
These are just a few ideas out of infinite possibilities. Children YOU can change the world if you remember that new beginnings start with caring ideas.
H.E.L.P. – Help Each Loyal Patriot
Possibly your school or organization can discover a way to give and make a difference in the life of a Veteran who has given so much to sustain your own freedom by connecting with one of your local organizations. Your Community Service project could be named H.E.L.P.– to stand for “Help Each Loyal Patriot.”
Meet U.S. Marine Guard Dave Watson
Dave Watson, a former U.S. Marine guard aboard the real-life 1947 Freedom Train is one of two living Marine guards from this amazing journey around the U.S. years ago. He served a total of 27 years in the United States Marines and currently lives in Alabama. We are delighted for students to be able to meet an authentic Marine guard from this incredible historical event!
Boys and Girls…
National Train Day This Year: Saturday, May 13, 2017.
Click here to learn about past events and upcoming National Train Day events for 2017!
Would you like to visit a train station? How about going on a train adventure? Jump on board and Click here to find out more information about train station locations, rides, trips or tours around the USA! Talk with your parents or teachers about the possibility of taking a train ride for a field trip!