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Parkersburg South High School students helping with letters to Santa

Creative writing students at Parkersburg South High School will again be helping Old St. Nick sort through his mail and make sure every child gets a personal reply from Santa Claus. This is the third year the Letters to Santa program has been held at the school. (File Photo)

PARKERSBURG — Creative writing classes at Parkersburg South High School will be helping sort letters to Santa and make sure children who write to St. Nick will receive a personal reply.

This marks the third year local children have been invited to send their letters to Santa to Parkersburg South. In 2017, the school received and sent responses for nearly 400 letters. Last year that increased to 500.

“The idea was parents can have their kids write Santa a letter and send it care-of Parkersburg South,” said English teacher Justin McKown. “If we get the letters before Dec. 15, we can guarantee they’ll get a reply before Christmas.”

McKown said there are a few rules the elves will follow: No promising gifts and all replies will be read by McKown or another teacher before they are sent.

“They don’t have to worry about Santa guaranteeing a pony,” McKown said.

Creative writing students at Parkersburg South High School will again be helping Old St. Nick sort through his mail and make sure every child gets a personal reply from Santa Claus. This is the third year the Letters to Santa program has been held at the school. (File Photo)

Letters can be mailed to Santa, c/o Parkersburg South High School, or Santa’s Elves at Parkersburg South High School, 1511 Blizzard Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

Though the elves would prefer hand-written and mailed letters to Santa, McKown said the North Pole also has a digital account at pshs.elf@gmail.com.

“As long as we get a return address, they’ll get a mailed response,” he said.

About 27 students will participate in the program this year, McKown said.

“I think it is a good way to teach a lost art. We don’t write letters anymore,” he said. “A letter is something we keep and treasure.”

Michael Erb can be reached at merb@newsandsentinel.com

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