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Third Graders take train ride courtesy of First Peoples

March 21st, 2019 by WCBC Radio

More than 600 third graders from all fourteen Allegany County Public Elementary Schools had the opportunity to ride the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad during the week of March 18th thanks to the sponsorship of First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union. 


"First Peoples recognizes the extreme historical value that The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad provides our area, and we’re thrilled to share that history and experience with the third grade students in Allegany County," said Mr. Stacey Bingaman, President/CEO of First Peoples Community FCU. “The cornerstone of our organization lies in community. We’re proud to help increase interest in the train, and also provide value to students. It has really been a win-win for us and we’re looking forward to making this a tradition.”


Several schools attended each day and had the opportunity to ride the train from Cumberland to Frostburg. While at the Depot in Frostburg, students ate lunch and watched the engine turn around on the turntable. First Peoples also provided each student with an "I Rode the Train" complimentary t-shirt. 


According to First Peoples Vice President of Marketing, Kati Kenney, "We have been wildly impressed with the behavior of these third graders! They were so well mannered, polite and kind." She went on to say, "ACPS teachers are doing a phenomenal job."


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