Christmas is just around the corner and the Longview World of Wonders (WOW), North Pole Express, is just the event to put the entire family in the holiday spirit!
LongviewWOW volunteer and avid supporter, Karen Tutt, invites you to climb aboard the North Pole Express and help to save Christmas during this magical, imaginary train trip to the North Pole. You will see Santa Claus, enjoy hot cocoa, and sing and dance during this journey inspired by The Polar Express. The imaginary train will depart from the Children’s Center of First Presbyterian Church, 301 North Center Street in Longview on Friday evening, December 7, and Saturday evening,
The North Pole Express is just one of several children’s events held by LongviewWOW throughout the year. Through the volunteer-led efforts of parents, grandparents, educators, civic leaders, and children, this non-profit organization plans to establish a children’s discovery center in Longview. The hopes and dreams of LongviewWOW are to inspire a life-long love of learning by giving children the opportunity to create and explore in a hands-on, educational environment.
In addition to her dedicated volunteer service to LongviewWOW, Mrs. Tutt is an active member of the Johnston-McQueen Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization. She serves in both the children’s ministry and the compassion ministry at Alpine Church of Christ Church. Mrs. Tutt is also a parent cub scout volunteer with Pack 621at the church.
“I believe it is an honor and privilege to be able to volunteer my time working with others,” Mrs. Tutt said. “I enjoy each and every minute of it and I hope I am setting a good example for my children, so they can see reaching out and giving is necessary to make our community a better place to live.”
Mrs. Tutt was born in Longview and graduated from Ore City High School. She received her associate’s degree from Northeast Texas Community College in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, and both her bachelor and master degrees from The University of Texas at Tyler. Mrs. Tutt is employed with The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston as an outreach mentor to pre-kindergarten teachers in the Region 7 service area. She and her husband, Tom, have been married 12 years and are the parents of Jonathan, age 9, and Andrew, age 7.
“I enjoy living in Longview. I could not imagine raising my family anywhere but here. My husband was born and raised in Longview and this is where my boys were born and will be raised. I like having all the conveniences of small city living within miles of my home and being able to be an active part of the community by volunteering and making a positive difference in a place that is special to me. I feel blessed to be able to do what I do,” Mrs. Tutt said.
For more information on LongviewWOW, or to make reservations for the North Pole Express, please call 903-407-1980 or visit www.longviewwow.org.