Program Flyer: The Orphan Trains: Finding Families for Homeless Children--by Andrea Warren--CCSS Aligned

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Contact Information
Andrea Warren
302 Pondside Drive
White Plains, NY  10607
Phone: (913) 722-2343
Program Title
The Orphan Trains: Finding Families for Homeless Children--by Andrea Warren--CCSS Aligned
Program Type
Individual Program
Program Rating
   based on 2 evaluation(s).
Target Audience
Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners ESL Students Public Library: Library Patrons ESL Students
Maximum Number of Participants
No Maximum
Minimum Number of Participants
No Minimum
Primary Disciplines
International, Social Studies/History, Family & Consumer Science, Language Arts/English, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Sciences, Character Education, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented ESL Classes
Program Description
Andrea Warren draws on her classic nonfiction books for young readers, Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story (winner of the Horn Book Award) and We Rode the Orphan Trains, to create a program that students will find as compelling as it is educational. Between 1854 and 1930, an estimated 250,000 children, most from New York City, boarded what became known as orphan trains, riding the rails westward in search of new families, while participating in the largest children's migration in history. Only half were truly orphans. Many were the children of down-on-their-luck immigrants who could not care for them, or they had been abandoned, or removed from abusive homes. Charities, in particular the Children's Aid Society and the New York Foundling Hospital, utilized America's expanding railroad system to transport the children to places with prospective parents. Once selected, some found happy homes, while others were simply put to work. In this program, Warren takes students on an incredible journey through history with the children who became orphan train riders.
Program Format
1..The author will describe the conditions that inspired New York City's Children's Aid Society to begin its grand experiment in child placement, how the program grew, and the special role of the New York Foundling Hospital in finding homes for homeless children.
2. The author will relate where the children were taken and what happened to them when they reached their destinations, how prospective families made their selections, and stories of what happened to some of the children.
3. The author will explain when and why the placing out program ended, how the rise of the welfare system helped families stay together, how riders felt about their experiences, and how history views what happened to them.
4. The author will share photos from her two orphan train books to illustrate an actual orphan train, the children who rode the trains, and the adults who cared for them.
--Participants will learn about westward American expansion via the railroads. They will learn about charities trying to address the problem of street children and other homeless children in this country, and how they worked cooperatively with the railroads in seeking homes for the children.
--Participants will learn about child welfare in America and will gain sensitivity to issues of homeless children and how best to care for them.
--Participants will realize and come to appreciate the history of the orphan trains and its significance in American history.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns
US History/The History of the United States; US History/The History of Peoples of Many Cultures Around the World; English/Reading for Understanding.
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns
This program is appropriate for grades four and up.
Program Length
45-60 Minutes
Program Cost
Interactive: $300.00
Interactive Premium: $300.00
Program Fee Notes
The fee is per site. iNK Think Tank will invoice and collect the fee.
Cancellation Policy
No charge for programs canceled due to uncontrollable events such as weather. We make every effort to reschedule. There is a $100 "kill" fee for cancellations less than 48 hours before the event.
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