Nearly 30 fifth-graders from Lake Grove Elementary caught an Amtrak train from Tacoma to Portland on May 21 as part of the KOSS (Keep Our Schools Safe) program.
Every spring, Federal Way resident Eugene Montgomery treats selected students from local elementary schools to a day-long train trip, along with a T-shirt and goody bag. Students qualify by reading books and staying out of trouble.
Montgomery took batches of Federal Way kids on three separate trips this spring.
The program's roots stem from an incident Montgomery encountered while volunteering to help children read at a Seattle elementary school nearly 20 years ago. A girl in the class brought a gun to school and planned to shoot a boy for playing with her ponytail, he said. He told students that if they promised not to bring guns to school, he would take them on a train ride.
To learn more or donate, visit www.montgomerykoss.org.