Once again, the Daily Press has received word that we’ve been approved to act as a clearinghouse for letters to Santa Claus, so he can start figuring out who’s naughty and nice.
Schools in Cherokee County, as well as individual kids, are urged to start making their lists now, to ensure we’ll have time to publish them before forwarding them to the North Pole. Unless there is a compelling reason to do otherwise, we print letters pretty much as we receive them.
Letters from classes at schools across the county, as well as individual letters, must be in our office no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16. We may accept stragglers, but we make no guarantees.
Letters can be hand-delivered to our office at 106 W. Second; emailed to news@tahlequah dailypress.com; or mailed to Santa Letters, c/o Tahlequah Daily Press, P.O. Box 888, Tahlequah, Okla. 74465.
Any teacher who sends in a packet should include his or her full name; the name of the school; and the grade taught. Children may identify themselves by first name only, or by first and last names, but we will publish the names as submitted.
Children are invited to submit their original artwork with their letters, and we may publish them. Teachers may send photos of their classes, featuring Christmas-related materials; those may also be published if space is available. These can be emailed as jpegs (.jpg), dropped by our office or mailed with letters. Appropriate identification of subject matter is required.
Publication of letters will begin this week, and the final batch will be published Sunday, Dec. 22 or earlier. Letters will not be returned, but will be forwarded to the jolly old elf, so if parents or teachers want copies, they should make them before sending them to us.
We cannot guarantee letters will be published on specific days, nor is it possible to keep up with publication of individual letters, due to the volume we receive. Interested family members should keep their eyes peeled for letters during the next three weeks.
Have questions? Our multimedia editor, Sheri Gourd, has been appointed as an honorary elf, and she’ll be happy to help you during regular business hours, (918) 456-8833. ext. 20.