To Our WONDERFUL PARENTS…
We are very excited you have found our book and want you to know that it is a perfect read-aloud for ages 5-7 and a compelling read for children ages 8 years and older. The illustrations are captivatingly beautiful and will engage your child throughout the entire story.
We truly believe our book is sure to be a family favorite for teaching patriotic values and we hope you will think of our book for birthdays, Christmas holidays, or a teacher thank you gift!
Another great idea would be to bless a military family for their service as our book is, “Respectfully dedicated to all those in the military—past, present, and future for their gift of service and for so bravely serving and sacrificing for our country.” Please see our list of military holidays and observances for ideas. You may also want to think about a 4th of July present for your family to celebrate our nation’s birthday!
Here are some fantastic ideas of ways you can volunteer at your child’s school or homeschool organization. Please consider joining together with other parents to help bring your child’s school to a greater place of understanding and experiencing of the rich freedom we are provided with in the United States. Along with this, helping your child’s school to honor and thank our active-duty military and Veterans will give students the opportunity to grow up with a great understanding and gratitude towards all those who have given us these tremendous privileges.
Programs, Clubs, and Events
- Invite author, Kathy Maggart, to read The 1947 Freedom Train!
- Volunteer to help organize and oversee the FREEDOM BLOG at your child’s school.
- Volunteer to help organize and oversee a H.E.L.P. club at your school. Connect with Veteran-serving organizations in your community to reach out and help Veterans to show your appreciation.
- Volunteer to help plan and oversee a Veteran honoring event at your child’s school. Activity ideas for the Celebration of Heroes Day are listed below. (Need as many volunteers as possible to help organize, support and set up activities where needed.) Everyone wears red, white and blue!
- Have a children’s choir concert. (As large as desired with the grade levels desired to sing patriotic songs.)
- Write letters to each of the Veterans that will be visiting the school to thank them for their service. Provide the names of the Veterans for students.
- Make thank you cards for each of the Veterans that will be visiting the school to thank them for their visit. Provide the names of the Veterans for students.
- Have a patriotic breakfast served to the Veterans visiting the school. Breakfast can include pancakes with strawberries and blueberries! Provide patriotic décor for the tables (patriotic placemats made by students). Find local florist donate a patriotic flower arrangement. Cafeteria or local restaurant can provide food.
Field Trips and Outings
Here are just a few ideas to get started with planning field trips or outings with your students. Enjoy these memorable ideas!
- Take your child to any Veteran honoring museums in your area.
- Help your child locate Veterans in your community Assisted Living to share their creative works of what FREEDOM means to them and have the opportunity to say, “Thank you!”
- Take a train ride on a local commuter train or other train rides available in your community.
- Take your students to a local Train Museum.
Here are ideas to get you started cooking with some fun learning activities about the 1947 Freedom Train. Remember to integrate measurement and other math related concepts into the activity as well!
- Use Graham crackers and white frosting to create an edible 1947 Freedom Train. Use red and blue M&M’s to make the red and blue stripes.
- Make a cake in the shape of the Freedom Train. Make (8) 13X9 sheet cakes (1 for the engine, 7 for the train cars), cut in half horizontally and make 2 layers of cake for the height of the train. Frost with white frosting and make the stripes with red and blue M&Ms or red and blue raspberry licorice.
- Make a cupcake flag as shown here with white fondant stars!
Freedom Blog 4 Kids
Teachers- Here is an opportunity to start a freedom dialogue among your students! Potentially a club could be formed with adult supervision to monitor the blog and praise the language and acts of caring that promote freedom inside your school or homeschool community. Let the caring ideas begin- FREEDOM RULES!Learn More
Help Each Loyal Patriot (H.E.L.P.)
Here is a fantastic Community Service project your school or organization can consider starting. It will be exciting to find out about organizations where you live that are helping American Veterans and their widows and families.Learn More