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Maidstone Post office collects Letters to Santa

by Sylene Argent

Last Wednesday, the grade six students at St. Mary’s French Immersion Catholic School took a quick break from studying to guide their kindergarten peers safely to the neighbouring Maidstone Post Office.

  Here, the kindergartners, trembling with excitement, dropped their handwritten letters to Santa into a specially designed mailbox, in hopes he would receive their Christmas wishes in time for his busiest day of the year.

The week prior, the kindergarten students worked with their grade six buddies to craft a well-thought-out letter to Old Saint Nicholas.

  Post Master Karen Dowdy presented each of the young visitors with a drink and sweet treat during their visit.

Dowdy, who has been working at the Maidstone Post Office for 38-years, said this annual holiday tradition has been taking place for many years. She said has adults come in and share with her memories of participating in this event when they were young. Hearing those fond memories, she said, is always uplifting.  

  Before heading back to class, the students took a moment to enjoy their participation in this holiday moment for an extra minute or two as they sang a few Christmas carols outdoors.


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