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Sunshine Christian School hosts T-Rex Express

Posted: Friday, Mar 8th, 2013

Children dig up a mammoth leg bone. Engineer Franz Ripsom shows Sebby Martinez how to drive the train engine. Jim Moon sings with passengers. Photos courtesy of Sue Kanen

ALAMOSA — Sunshine Christian School presented the 3rd T-Rex Express on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad to happy paleontologists of all ages this past Sunday. 

Great Sand Dunes National Park Ranger Patrick Meyers gave a hands on presentation of fossils and bones that have been found in the San Luis Valley and surrounding area while passengers enjoyed a ride out to a simulated dig site. There they were able to dig up actual mammoth bones and put them on a large mat with a life size picture of a mammoth.

Other more recent bones were found and Ranger Patrick explained each one new and old.

Jim Moon, writer of songs just for the T-Rex Express and RGRR such as “Can You Dig It’ and “Whooly Mammoth” performed his numbers for the guests while riding to and from the dig site. 

The community businesses and along with some private donors provided bags with shovels, dinosaur masks, cookies, and toys for each child including the PALS kids.  PALS (Positive Activities Lift the Spirit) is a community service in Alamosa for kids who face extreme difficulties in life. 

This program provides wonderful opportunities for kids to experience the good things in life and Sunshine Christian School is motivated to help provide an awesome educational and fun activity for them as well as all children and families interested in learning more about the world we live in.

While waiting to board the train travelers could purchase Girl Scout cookies, get a dinosaur balloon tied for them, have their face painted, or have their picture taken with Rexie the friendly T-Rex mascot. 

“This is a really good thing for Alamosa and the San Luis Valley.” commented Mayor Cathy Rogers. “I am looking forward to next year.”

Sunshine Christian School has presented other programs that have largely benefited the community and the valley as a whole.  According to Sue Kanen, coordinator for the T-Rex Express, the school plans on continuing to provide quality programs for the community in the future. 

“We believe it is beneficial for us to connect with the community in positive and educational ways. I am amazed at the generosity of our community businesses and private donors. When we see the smiles on the faces of the PALS kids when doing these events it makes all the hard work and time invested totally worth it!”


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