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St. Mary students head down to Maidstone Post Office to deliver Letters to Santa


by Sylene Argent

Continuing on with a 41-year annual tradition, the junior and senior kindergarten students from St. Mary French Immersion Catholic Elementary School bundled up to make the trek down to the Maidstone Post Office on Thursday morning, ready to deliver their carefully crafted Letters to Santa.

The youngsters waited patiently to drop their handwritten letters, which they spent time decorating to catch Santa’s eye, into a specially designed mailbox, giving the big guy in red plenty of time to read through them before Christmas Eve.

While there, Post Master, Karen Dowdy, treated each of the students to a snack and juice. The students then enjoyed performing a few Christmas carols for the Post Office staff.

Dowdy, who has been working at the Maidstone Post Office for 41-years, said this annual tradition has taken place every year since she began working at the Post Office. She fondly reflected on how adults have shared memories with her of participating in this Christmas tradition when they were young.

She enjoys hosting the event each year and helping the students get ready for Christmas.


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