BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: Students at S.A. Cawker Public School received a suprise and some festive cheer on Friday, Nov. 7 - when the CN Rail Holiday Suprise train blew its horn and rolled into the school’s playground.
Part of the annual ‘CN Holiday Suprise’, CN mascot Max and his train ‘Little Obie’ arrived at lunch-time, welcoming the classmates of Grade 5 student Brooklyn Jacobs for a tour around the neighbourhood.
Brooklyn, who’s father Rob works with CN Rail, submitted one of the 500 Christmas Wish letters sent in by children across Canada and the United States.
In her letter, Brooklyn asked for the train to visit her school, knowing that her classmate Anthony, who has been diagnosed with Spinal Bifida, would be extremely happy with the suprise.
“Every year, CN Rail takes submissions from the children of their employees for their holiday wish,” explained CN’s public affairs manager for Durham Region, Lindsay Fedchyshyn. “Since Brooklyn wrote a touching letter asking for a donaton to her local food bank, and the gift of a ride to her friends, we donated $5,000 to the Little Britian Food Bank and brought Little Obie - it’s amazing when young people want to support their community.”
Brooklyn, who seemed shocked and ecstatic about the suprise, promptly climed aboard the train with Anthony and her classmates, gave him a big hug, and rode away smiling.
“I wanted to give back to our community foodbank, and to make my friend Anthony smile this Christmas,” said Brooklyn, addressing the crowd of students and parents around her. “Christmas is a time for giving, so we should all do something nice for those around us.”
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