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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2013 | Vol. 29, No. 12 | WWW.CENTRALKITSAPREPORTER.COM | 50¢

Kids on Christmas

Children get excited knowing that Santa Claus’ arrival is close. The CK Reporter visited students across Silverdale to find out just how Saint Nick gets the job done. From dashing off on his sleigh with presents to “shrinking down” to get under the front door, young children will always have an answer when it comes to Santa’s comings and goings. — Photos and story by Seraine Page

Jackson Brady

Kindergartener, 5½ How do you think Santa gets into your house to deliver presents? “His bag takes him up and down the chimney.” How does he get around the world to deliver toys in one night? “’Cause his reindeers go really fast — 50,000 mph.” Why is Santa so fat? “He ate lots of cookies and chocolate chips.” What does Santa feed his reindeer? “Carrot sticks.” Why is Rudolph’s nose red? “’Cause he was born that way.”

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Maddy Higgs, left, and Lauren Heidt hold a bag of 630 letters they wrote to Santa Claus.

Students’ letters to Santa Claus raise almost $5,000 BY SERAINE PAGE

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Miles Jackman Kindergartener, 5 How do you think Santa gets into your house to deliver presents? “I think he goes under the door. But he turns invisible, that’s for sure.” How does he get around the world to deliver toys in one night? “Because of his reindeer — they fly.” What does Santa feed his reindeer? “Carrots and lettuce. I think ranch dressing, too.” Why is Rudolph’s nose red? “Because he wants it to be red.”

Hayden Hamann Kindergartener, 6 How do you think Santa gets into your house to deliver presents? “If you don’t have a chimney, he just goes through the door. If you have a chimney, he goes down it.” How does he get around the world to deliver toys in one night? “He flies. He flies fast.” Why is Rudolph’s nose red? “Because he went in the (cold) air in the sky at night.” Inside: More Silverdale kids talk Christmas on A13

Santa will be busy this week reading nearly 5,000 letters written by Cougar Valley Elementary students who participated in a special campaign to raise money for charity. The letters were placed inside a large, red mailbox in the school cafeteria as part of Macy’s Believe campaign, which donates $1 per letter to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Macy’s has pledged to donate up to $1 million toward the foundation this year. On average, the foundation grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition every 38 minutes, according to the nonprofit’s website. At the end of the day on Tuesday, students had written 4,984 which means nearly $5,000 will be donated by the students of just one school. Two students alone wrote 630 letters between the both of them. Lauren Heidt and Maddy Higgs, both 8, wanted to make sure that plenty of money was raised by their school through the campaign. While they did wish for one or two things for themselves, they mostly just wanted to write for a good cause. “I just wanted to make kids’ wishes come true,” said Higgs. “This is the best day ever.” Both second-grade students said they also realized they are different than MakeSEE SANTA LETTERS, A13


Central Kitsap Reporter, December 20, 2013