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Eight-year-old Madison Thorpe, of Islip, shows off her (Credit: Amber Qalagari)

Eight-year-old Madison Thorpe, of Islip, shows off her favorite stuffed animal during a viewing of the movie "The Polar Express" during a holiday celebration at Commack Road Elementary School. (Dec. 21, 2012)

'The Polar Express' stops at LI school

Second-graders at Commack Road Elementary enjoy the school's annual holiday celebration.

Seven-year-old Shawn Ryan, of Islip, holds his favorite
(Credit: Amber Qalagari)

Seven-year-old Shawn Ryan, of Islip, holds his favorite stuffed animal during the annual holiday celebration at Commack Road Elementary School. (Dec. 21, 2012)

During a holiday celebration at Commack Road Elementary
(Credit: Amber Qalagari)

During a holiday celebration at Commack Road Elementary School, 7-year-old James Riordan, of Islip, participates in the reading of "The Polar Express" by ringing his bell when Santa arrives in the story. (Dec. 21, 2012)

Elizabeth Johnson's second-grade class leaps for joy after
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Elizabeth Johnson's second-grade class leaps for joy after she finished reading "The Polar Express" during a holiday celebration at Commack Road Elementary School. (Dec. 21, 2012)

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Eight-year-old Madison Thorpe, of Islip, shows off her
(Credit: Amber Qalagari)

Eight-year-old Madison Thorpe, of Islip, shows off her favorite stuffed animal during a viewing of the movie "The Polar Express" during a holiday celebration at Commack Road Elementary School. (Dec. 21, 2012)

Second-grade teacher Rori Norton turns the pages as
(Credit: Amber Qalagari)

Second-grade teacher Rori Norton turns the pages as students listen to an audio version of "The Polar Express" during a holiday celebration at Commack Road Elementary School. (Dec. 21, 2012)

Donning pajamas and elf hats, second-graders at Commack
(Credit: Amber Qalagari)

Donning pajamas and elf hats, second-graders at Commack Road Elementary enjoy the school's annual holiday celebration. (Dec. 21, 2012)

With a pillow pet in her lap, 7-year-old
(Credit: Amber Qalagari)

With a pillow pet in her lap, 7-year-old Mackenzie Kastan, of Islip, watches intently as her teacher, Rori Norton, turns the pages of Chris Van Allsburg's "The Polar Express" during a holiday celebration at Commack Road Elementary School. (Dec. 21, 2012)

A student in Kerin Haak's second-grade class holds
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A student in Kerin Haak's second-grade class holds up "The Polar Express" book they read during the annual holiday celebration at Commack Road Elementary School. (Dec. 21, 2012)

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Wearing her pajamas and snowman antlers, 8-year-old Madelynn
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Wearing her pajamas and snowman antlers, 8-year-old Madelynn Lang, of Islip, eagerly participates in the annual holiday celebration at Commack Road Elementary School. (Dec. 21, 2012)

Second-grade teacher Patricia Austin reads
(Credit: Amber Qalagari)

Second-grade teacher Patricia Austin reads "The Polar Express" to her students during a holiday celebration at Commack Road Elementary School. (Dec. 21, 2012)

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