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Opportunity for Little Rock homeschoolers to learn about westward expansion

Source: Little Rock Homeschooling Examiner
By: Lynda Altman
March 19, 2012
In honor of the Union Pacific's 105th birthday, steam engine No. 844 will arrive in North Little Rock on March 30, 2012. The steam engine will arrive at noon and depart on the following day. This is a wonderful opportunity for homeschool students in Little Rock to experience a steam engine first-hand. They can learn about the Union Pacific Railroad and its roll in the westward expansion of the United States.

The mayor of North Little Rock, Mayor Patrick Hayes, will be the honorary conductor as No. 844 heads into town. A celebration from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. will take place on Saturday, March 31, at the Union Pacific Service Unit Office--located at 1000 W. 4th Street.

During Saturday's celebration, Union Pacific employees will be handing out Special Edition Union Pacific 150th Anniversary pennants, popcorn, coloring books and information about rail safety. There is no fee to attend the celebration.

Homeschool families in Little Rock and the surrounding areas can turn the celebration into a field trip. Students will learn about the railroad's role in America, experience a steam engine up close, and learn about the historical significance of steam engine No. 844.

Students should be encouraged to take pictures, ask questions and take notes. Parents and students can create a homeschool scrap book page or lapbook about the event.