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December 17, 2013

School superintendent writes to Santa

Dear Centerville School Patrons,

The month of December is always a very busy month of the year. There is a chatter among the students that is unique to this month. The month also brings a busy schedule for adults. All in all, the environment is exciting.

A few days ago my family and I were having typical conversation at the supper table. During the conversation my youngest child, Delaney, was sharing what she had written to Santa Claus in her letter she created at school. There was a great deal of positive energy within the conversation. Shortly after she had shared what items she listed in the letter to Santa, she turned to me and asked if I had written a letter to Santa. She also was very inquisitive as to what I listed on my gift list. This year, I have decided to share with the public what I have requested of Santa Claus. Below is my letter to Santa.

Dear Santa Claus,

The winter holiday season is always exciting. As you know, every year my family and I decorate for the holidays. This year was no different. As you are well aware, both Mrs. Ryan and I are educators. As we unpacked our festive decorations, the ornaments that were carefully unpacked and hung on the Christmas tree brought back so many wonderful memories. Many of the decorations were gifts from former students that one of us had taught. The shiny bulb from Mitch Bloomquist representing L&M Schools very proudly continues to have a bright shine. Mitch has become a successful businessman calling a larger city home, now. Another decorative gift that was given by Heather Lancaster rests within the other holiday décor throughout our home. As you are aware, Heather’s mother was a student aide in my classroom years ago. Heather was a student of mine, as well. Sandy and Elliot Lancaster now manage a vacation resort out at Rathbun Lake. Talk about a small world! Mrs. Ryan and I stopped at Dogs’ Restaurant to say hello one afternoon. We were not able to connect with Sandy, though. Heather is a successful professional and works in Des Moines. Oh, the memories!!!

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A. I support the ordinance
B. I do not support the ordinance
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