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Coral Aman, Staff Writer

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Mr. O’Brien is an English teacher here at Green Hope. Every year in December, Mr. O’Brien has his class write letters from Santa. The envelopes are all uniquely decorated and addressed from the North Pole. Then, these letters are sent to the children of Green Hope teachers, but students are also given the opportunity to send these letters to their own family members. Many children of Green Hope teachers look forward to receiving these letters each year. Mr. O’Brien takes two days each fall semester, and his students spend time decorating envelopes with holiday cheer and writing personalized letters to children from the big man in red.

I asked Mr. O’Brien a few questions about the letters:

Can you describe the letters you have your students write?

“We write letters to children who still believe in Santa. The letters are all three paragraphs long, and the middle one contains personal information about the child that the parents give me. They are all mailed to Fairbanks, Alaska and sent back with the official postmark of the North Pole.”

How impactful are the letters your students write?

“They are very impactful. I receive many emails from parents thanking the students for writing them.There have been known to be some fights at school about the letters because some students don’t get them. Some teachers have children who have received these letters since they were two years old: Ms. RobinetteAsus Laptop
and Ms. Lassiter.”

How long have you been doing this?  

“I have been doing this for seventeen years, and at least 2,600 letters have been written.”

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