The Trainless Island

What do you do when you have twelve kids who love trains but have never seen a real one? You take them on a train ride, of course!

The island of Saint Martin doesn’t have a train, but the kids from Player Development SXM know a lot about them anyway. Each day, these boys and girls gather on the little league field to practice for baseball games and improve their academic skills. Many days, my friends and I join them to help with reading and math or coaching.


When practice and homework is done, the kids run inside the repurposed shipping container that serves as their clubhouse to play with their favorite toy: the model train set.


The kids are excited, because this summer, they get to ride a real train. In August, they’ll be packing their bags for the long trip to Toronto, where many dreams will come true. They get to watch a Blue Jays game, see Niagara falls, play against a Canadian little league team, and ride a real train for the first time. For their homework, some of the kids have written about their hopes for the upcoming adventure:


For many of the kids, this will be their first time off the 37 square-mile island.


Many of the kids dream of being a pro ball player, and this will be the first time they get to witness a major-league game.


This is a really big deal for them.

The logo for the team is, of course, a train. Coach Tom asked me to design it for the team, and my friend Andrea made it into a t-shirt for the kids to wear during the trip.


Like it? You can actually buy one for yourself, or send one to one of our kids! All the proceeds of the purchase also go toward the kids’ plane tickets. Make a difference for these kids. Click here!


3 thoughts on “The Trainless Island

  1. Oh, Breana! You are a marvelous creative writer! I like to read your posts so much! Dad got the first mast stepped yesterday! Now he is preparing the next one. Thanks for praying for the safety and success of his endeavors! We are praying for Ben’s studies every day. We love you, Mom

    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ.



  2. Breana, thank you for such a magnificent explanation of the trip and so much support of this worthy cause. We at the Rotary Club of St. Catharines Ontario Canada are very excited to host the boys and chaperones. We so look forward to not only making a difference in the boys lives, however in ours as well. I look forward to meeting you and the team in August 2016. Warm Regards, Lezlie Murch


    1. Hi Lezlie, I am also looking forward to meeting you! The boys are so excited to take this trip and we’re thankful for you and the rest of the Rotary Club. See you in August! Breana


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