Freedom Train: For Families

Harriet Tubman & the Struggle Against Slavery




Dear Parents and Families,

Imagine: hiding in a safe house on the Underground Railroad, with Harriet Tubman at your side, as she risks life and limb to free fellow runaways from the terrible yoke of slavery. Thanks to support from your school as well as generous assistance from foundations, corporate sponsors, and many private donors, your student has the opportunity to take part in an amazing three-week learning adventure. For one hour each day, he/she will immerse themselves in a world far beyond the classroom — studying, co-writing, staging, and performing an inspirational one-act SPIRIT SERIES play:

Freedom Train

This unique educational experience — acclaimed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education — has been classroom-tested by 40,000 students from California to Maine. Designed to fully engage and challenge your student, SPIRIT SERIES promotes authentic literacy, higher-level thinking, positive core values, presentation skills, teamwork, character, and self-esteem.

And you can join in! Find a link to your school’s special webpage at:

The success of this curriculum — founded by a concerned parent in 2001 — depends on your engagement and support. In the next three weeks, your student may be bringing home written assignments, journals, and a craft project. If so, please assist them in completing these important tasks. You may also wish to read the play, available on this website, and discuss together the message of Harriet Tubman’s life. This drama-based experience promises to be of true significance to your student.
Thank you for your active participation.

We hope to see you at the show!



  • “Exquisite…  Vitally important…  Extremely engaging and effective.”
    Harvard Graduate School of Education2011
  • In nearly 30 years of teaching, I have never experienced any program with such long-reaching effects as Spirit Series.
    Robin Winston4th Grade Teacher
  • It was an honor doing Spirit Series — I will remember it for the rest of my life!
    Maria Aguilar8th Grade
  • Spirit Series is one of the most amazing curricula I have seen in my four decades of public education.
    Janet ChapmanPrincipal, Rosewood Elementary School
  • It's time we tend to the spirit of our children!
    Sonia MillerPrincipal, Samuel Gompers Middle School
  • “It changed my life — Spirit Series!”
    Dominika Peikos7th Grade

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