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David W. Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

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Fort Plain, NY 13339





Children at Harry Hoag morning program receive gifts courtesy of Fort Plain Youth Recreation Commission

The morning program at Harry Hoag Elementary School welcomed the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus, on Dec. 20, as students in pre-kindergarten through second grade each received a gift. Santa

The students greeted Santa with cheers and a roaring greeting, before he asked them to say hello to Rudolph, whom he said was on the baseball field with the other reindeer.

“I’d like for all of you to turn around and see your parents and family and say ‘thank you’ to them,” Santa said.

The gifts were provided by the Fort Plain Youth Recreation Commission, which has sponsored the Morning Program Christmas Gift Giving program since the morning program started about 20 years ago.

The students received the gifts from both Santa, and his elf, “Jingles,” who bore a striking resemblance to athletic director Charlie Karker.

“This event replaced the Youth Commission's annual Christmas party and visit from Santa Claus that was part of the Fort Plain holiday season dating back to at least the 1970s,” Mr. Karker said. “The American Legion's Ladies Auxiliary has donated candy canes for more than 40 years to help supplement the gift bags the children receive.”

Mr. Karker is also the Youth Recreation Commission board member representing the Village of Fort Plain.

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