PIMS sixth-graders, pre-K students team up to write letters to Santa

15 years ago
By Scott Mitchell Johnson
Staff Writer

    PRESQUE ISLE – For the fifth consecutive year, sixth-graders at Presque Isle Middle School helped the pre-kindergartners who attend the SAD 1 Preschool pen letters to Santa Claus. 

    “It’s a good experience for both our students and the pre-K children,” said PIMS teacher Elaine Hendrickson of the Dec. 8 project. “It gives our students a chance to interact with younger students, and an opportunity to do a ‘public service’ project by writing letters for the children.”
    In both the morning and afternoon sessions, each pre-kindergartner was paired up with one or two sixth-graders who helped scribe the letters.
    Once written, the letters were placed in individual envelopes and mailed to the North Pole. Students who finished up early read stories to their newfound friends.
    “In the letter that they had to write to Santa, they had to set it up in friendly-letter format, so we talked about that the day before,” said Hendrickson. “They had to have the date, the greeting, the letter had to have two paragraphs – one that had at least three items the children wanted from Santa, and the second paragraph included whether the little one had been good or bad and what they were leaving for Santa to eat – they had to have a closing, and they had the little ones sign it.
    “It’s kind of a hands-on, real-life experience for the kids to use writing in a practical way,” she said.
    Pre-kindergarten teacher Enola Boyce said her students were very excited to have the sixth-graders come over and work with them.
    “The little ones like having the ‘big kids’ come over and interact with them and have that one-on-one contact,” she said. “Even though this is our fifth year doing the letters to Santa, it never gets old. Seeing the smiles on their faces never gets old. The big kids have as much fun as the little ones.”
    Boyce offered a similar letter-writing project when both she and Hendrickson taught school together in Washburn.
    Sixth-graders in Hendrickson’s, Nancy Watson’s and Peggy Kelley’s classes took part in the project.

 

 

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    FOR THE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, sixth-graders at Presque Isle Middle School helped the pre-kindergartners who attend the SAD 1 Preschool pen letters to Santa Claus. Once written, the letters were placed in individual envelopes and mailed to the North Pole. Students who finished up early read stories to their newfound friends. Pictured working on their letters are, from left: Mackenzie Pelkey, Mia Casavant and Michaela Dumais.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    RANDI HODSDON, left, Josh Keiser and Ally Bell, right, work on their letters to Santa during a collaborative project between the Presque Isle Middle School sixth-graders and the pre-kindergartners who attend the SAD 1 Preschool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    SIXTH-GRADERS at Presque Isle Middle School visited the pre-kindergartners who attend the SAD 1 Preschool Dec. 8 and helped them write letters to Santa. Teaming up for the project were, from left: Stephanie Winslow, Kamdynn Hardgrove and Shanelee Hardgrove, Kamdynn’s cousin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    COLE STAPLES, left, helps his sister, Keira Cyr, write a letter to jolly, old Saint Nick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    TAKING A BREAK from writing to a letter to Santa Claus long enough to have their picture taken are, from left: Emma York, Grace Braley and Natanya Pictou.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    PUTTING THEIR HEADS TOGETHER to write a letter to Santa are, from left: Abagail Johnston and her brother, Brycen Libby. This was the fifth consecutive year that sixth-graders at Presque Isle Middle School helped the pre-kindergartners who attend the SAD 1 Preschool pen letters to Santa Claus.