It was a magical afternoon that had even the most skeptical adults hearing Santa’s sleigh bells at the St. Peter Academy’s Second Annual Polar Express. Children were festive, some wearing their pajamas as they boarded the Polar Express- a trolley ride through South Boston with a viewing of the beautiful homes lit up for the holidays. St. Peter’s staff members Erin Noonan and Michelle Callahan were the train conductors, collecting tickets and narrating for the excited passengers. The Teacher’s Union Hall was transformed into Santa’s Village complete with oversized handmade snowflakes,games, crafts, pizza, cookies, hot chocolate and of course Santa.
To add to the magic, organizers arranged for snow. Organizer Flo Holmes commented, “The snow-making machine added a Christmas feeling to a warm winter’s night. Another favorite of the afternoon for many was a performance by Katie McD, who entertained the masses with her talents as a vocalist and guitarist (you can catch her perform a Celtic Christmas in the Chapel at St. Augustine’s on Dec. 16th).
With generous sponsors Mass Bay Credit Union, City View Trolley, South Boston Today, Caught in Southie, Blasi’s Cafe, Olga’s Kafe, Foodies, and over 400 people in attendance, the event was a success for the school.
All monies collected go to St. Peter’s Home and School Association and are used towards the school’s annual operating costs. Maryann Crush, President of the Board of Directors, offered her gratitude in a statement, “On behalf of St. Peter’s Board of Directors, I thank the people of South Boston for joining us in this wonderful Christmas tradition. Our incredible school would not succeed without this magnificent community.”
St. Peter Academy has been operating privately since 2004, providing quality elementary school education to hundreds of children in South Boston. It is now the only independent Catholic faith-based school in South Boston that educates children from preschool through the eighth grade. The generosity of the community enables St. Peter’s to continue to provide strong academic programs for students, enhance teaching staff, provide tuition assistance to families who otherwise would not be able to attend St. Peter’s and continue to offer financial scholarships to children graduating from St. Peter Academy. For more information, please call 617-268-0750.