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Sherman students get visit from Santa before Christmas

December 28, 2016
By David Prenatt - , Westfield Republican

Beside Sherman school, the helicopter paused. Out jumped good old Santa Claus.

The big guy in red suit paid a special visit to Sherman Central School District on the last day of classes Thursday. Since the reindeer were not available, he flew in by helicopter, landing right in the middle of the school's rear parking lot.

Excited children jumped up and down and cheered as they watched Santa disembark from the helicopter. Mr. Claus strode across the lot, waving at fans who thronged the windows of their classrooms.

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Santa Claus steps out of the helicopter as he comes to visit Sherman Central School students on Thursday, Dec. 22.

Santa visited the pre-school class first and spent a little time with each child in the traditional way. (Sit on Santa's lap and tell him what you want for Christmas, that is.)

"The reindeer can only fly on Christmas Eve," Santa explained. "That's why I came in a helicopter."

Santa said the reindeer were resting up for the big night. He said he wasn't worried about bad weather. "Those reindeer will make it no matter what," he said.

Santa continued to traverse the hallways, visiting grades pre-K through six. But instead of toys and candy, he brought books one for each child.

Santa was not the only holiday activity on this last day before Christmas vacation. After his visit, the students assembled in the auditorium for a Christmas video at 2:00 p.m. Then, from 2:30 p.m. to departure, the students took part in a Christmas sing-a-long.

The event was organized by Pete James and social studies teacher Heather Croscut. The helicopter ride was donated by Bill Jones of the Bill Jones Helicopter Company.

Croscut said Jones made it all possible. "He's done this before at other schools. He's a great guy to bring Santa around and the kids really enjoy it."

The books that Santa distributed were not made by elves, but were donated by the PTO and the Sherman teacher association.

Sherman superintendent Michael Ginestre said that Santa's visit and the holiday festivities that followed were in keeping with the educational spirit of the district.

"There is learning going on in the building, but it's really about the holiday spirit," he said. "All of this fun and excitement is a learning experience in itself. It's a great day here."

Sherman principal Bryna Booth said she was thrilled when Croscut and James proposed the idea of having Santa fly in by helicopter.

"We did this when I was teaching fourth grade. It was the best day of my whole career," she said. "When Mrs. Croscut approached me with the idea, I was jumping for joy."

If you asked any of the children who got to see Santa that day, they would agree. It was the best day of the year.



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