New Jersey Students Bring the Orphan Trains to Life – and Make a Donation to Children's Aid

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Pictured: C. Warren Moses (far right) with the student stars of "The Orphan Train" at The Elisabeth Morrow School.

The eighth grade students at The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, New Jersey mounted a production of Aurand Harris’ “The Orphan Train” play on May 6th and 7th. In lieu of charging admission, the young actors requested donations for The Children’s Aid Society. The students raised almost $690 – and awareness amongst their friends and families – for Children’s Aid.

Charles Loring Brace, the founder of The Children’s Aid Society, began the Orphan Train movement in the 1850s to combat the harsh life faced by many children on the streets of New York City. He proposed that these children be sent by train to live and work with families on farms out west. More than 120,000 children were moved between the 1850s and 1920s.

C. Warren Moses, the CEO of Children’s Aid, was a special guest on the play’s opening night. Mr. Moses thoroughly enjoyed the production, which chronicled the stories of several children who traveled on the Orphan Trains to the Midwest seeking adoptive families. After the play, he spoke to the audience about the history of the Orphan Trains and Children’s Aid’s current work in New York City.

Photo courtesy of The Elisabeth Morrow School