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South Shore Line Celebrates Teachers with Free Rides and an Essay Contest


To thank local educators for their hard work, SSL created Teacher Appreciation Week, where educators are invited to ride the SSL for free from July 23 - 29, on all off-peak weekday and all weekend trains. To ride, educators will need to present a valid school ID.

Nicole Barker, Director of Capital Investment & Implementation for the SSL said, “We really wanted to do something to show our appreciation. Teachers work so hard to positively impact the lives of students in Northwest Indiana, South Bend and Chicago. This is our way of saying thank you.”

In addition to free rides, during South Shore Line’s (SSL) Teacher Appreciation Week, essay applications will be accepted from educators for a chance to win free field trip transportation for their classes.

For a chance to win free field trip transportation, educators are asked to submit an essay focusing on what they did on the day they utilized the free train service. All essays must be submitted by August 6, and the winner will be contacted via email and announced on social media.

Essay Contest Guidelines:

  • Submission must include educator’s name, email address, school and grade(s) currently taught.
  • The essay must include a 1- 3 paragraph(s) description of your trip and what you did for the day. Photos are encouraged and may be shared on SSL social media.
  • Email essays to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject “Teachers Ride Free Essay”
  • Only one submission per educator is allowed.
  • The field trip must occur during the 2018/2019 school year.

The South Shore Line is a commuter rail line operated by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) between Millennium Station in downtown Chicago and the South Bend International Airport in South Bend, Indiana.

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