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The Orphan Train Is COMING!!!! The double n The Greatest Newspaper In Nebraska - Since 1802 The Orphans Ride to Success There is something new that you may or may not have heard of. They are called Orphan Trains and they can bring needy children from the east to homes in the west. The purpose of this is to let the children get the things they need. The children that go on the trains are kids who are poor and need help. There is a problem that too many kids in the big cities in the east are roaming around. These children are either orphans or kids who are very poor. The orphan trains have people who care for your children while they are riding on the train. These people are called placing agents. This is a good way to help children that need your help. By: Ricky
Interview With An Orphan The double n The Greatest Newspaper In Nebraska - Since 1802 Reporter: Did you feel nervous when going on the Orphan Train? Orphan: I did not know what would happen to me, so I was scared. Reporter: Did you have any siblings that also went on the Train? Orphan: No, I was an only child. I wish I did have siblings. Reporter: When you were on the orphan train did you wish you didn’t have to go on the Orphan Train? Why or why not? Orphan: No, because I was so lonely in New York City I had no friends and no family, so I was so happy when I knew I was going on the Orphan Train. Reporter: Was it scary going on the stage in the meeting house and not knowing who you would go home with or even go home with someone at all? Orphan: I was so scared my face was like a bright red apple. I was wondering to myself “What if no one wanted me or what if my new parents were very mean?” So I was very nervous. Reporter: Did it turn out good for you when you were adopted? Orphan: Yes, my parents are very nice and give me anything I want. Reporter: How old were you when you went on the Orphan Train? Orphan: I was 9 years old. –Jack and Robert
Dear Abby The double n The Greatest Newspaper In Nebraska - Since 1802 Dear Abby, My name is Martha Nelson and I had to put my daughter on the orphan train. Two days later my grandfather died and left me 1 million dollars and I want to get her back. I don’t know whether I should leave her there or take her back to share my love with her. What should I do? Loving Mother Dear Loving Mother, We feel sorry to tell you that once you give your child away, you can’t get her back because you signed a custody agreement for your daughter. But you can write and see her as many times as you want. When she grows older, maybe she would like to live with you. Abby “The Double N” - Paola and Ashley
I think that the Orphan Train were a good idea because they provided children/ orphans with good clothing, shelter, food, and families. They also provided these orphans with an education. The people who had started the orphan trains were kind enough to make these children feel like they are at their home with their own family and treated them nicely. They also allowed the children choose who they wanted to go with. Also, the families that had adopted these children were very kind and nice to them. They tried very hard to make them feel like they were at home. They had treated the orphans like their own children most of the times. By: Janani The double n The Greatest Newspaper In Nebraska - Since 1802 My Opinion of the Orphan Trains
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