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December 01, 2017 05:14 PM

Letters To Santa

You may or may not believe that Santa Claus is real, but students at Edison Middle School are wishing for his help this December.

They're writing letters to Santa as part of Macy's "Believe" campaign. For each letter turned in at Macy's on December 8th, the company will donate $2 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

With holiday tunes on the loudspeaker and Santa on the mind, these sixth graders are putting their holiday plans to paper. Part of these handwritten wish lists are for others.

"Dear Santa, I am writing to you because I would like the world to have peace and love in the air," Anna Leuning said. 

The rest of the letters are bit more self-indulgent:

"P.S. I wouldn't mind having the iPhone X. Love, Anna."

Teacher Sheri Padgett says it's all part of a school-wide tradition at Edison Middle School during December. 

"Oh they're super excited to be singing about Christmas and the holidays and just having a good old time," Padgett said. 

Each letter represents a chance to grant a wish for a child in need through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

"We can't just think about ourselves and it's fun to help other people," Boston said. 

When it comes to believing in Santa, however, reactions from these middle school students are all over the place like the jolly old elf on Christmas Eve...

"Some people have their beliefs and some people don't," Leuning said.

Holsen: Do you believe in Santa?

Mystik Boston: No.

Count Karson Beitelspacher on the side that still holds onto festive faith. 

Karson Beitelspacher: I think it's a good opportunity to make your wishes.

Holsen: Do you believe in Santa?

Beitelspacher: Yeah. 

Whatever you think, one thing is for sure, Edison's efforts are remarkable. 

Some bragging rights are actually on the line. Last year, Edison was the top school in South Dakota with more than 3,000 letters sent in to Santa.

They're hoping to add to that total in 2017 but in reality, it's more about quality than quantity. Judging from the content of these kids' letters, these students are already accomplishing their goals. 

"I want to help the other children in other states because they don't have the things that we have," Boston said. 

"My only wish is that you give homeless people shelter and some of them presents," Beitelspacher said. 
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