Wagon Train: A Cherished Paddington Tradition that Reminds Us All of the Importance of Kindness, Thankfulness and Helping Others
This week we had the opportunity to celebrate a cherished Paddington Station tradition, Wagon Train. This is an event that we look forward to each year as it reminds us of the importance of giving, sharing and what it means to be a part of a larger community. It is always wonderful to see the foyer at Paddington filled with cans and boxes of non-perishable food items that have been donated by our amazing Paddington families and staff! On Wednesday and Thursday, the children participated in the Wagon Train by loading the line of red wagons with the food that had been donate. They then delivered it across the street to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to be later taken to the Aurora Interfaith Community Services.
In the classrooms at Paddington, Wagon Train provides an opportunity for teachers to have age appropriate conversations and discussions with children about important topics, like kindness, thankfulness, sharing, and helping others. It also provides opportunities for hands-on learning experiences in other areas. For example, the Peter Rabbit Kindergarten class took advantage of the opportunity to teach their children how to count and record data using tally marks as they counted the number of cans and boxes collected at Paddington for Wagon Train.
Supporting us with Wagon Train each year are members of our neighborhood community, including the staff and parishioners of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and our local fire and police stations who block off 13th Street so we can walk safely to the church and back. Thank you St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Denver Police and Fire Station #14 for supporting Wagon Train!
We are also incredibly grateful for the help and support of the Paddington Station community! From donating food items and wagons to helping children load wagons and walk to the church, the Paddington parent community is always ready and willing to lend a hand. Sharing in this tradition is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season! We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and know that our hearts are filled with gratitude for all that you do to support our faculty, staff, and children. We are truly thankful!