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Spontaneous joy erupted and never waned Wednesday morning at Kirk Elementary School in southwest Fresno.

Inspiring happiness: Christmas gifts, wearing pajamas to school, and a visit from Santa Claus.


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“Our kids look forward to it all year long,” says Kristina Rogers, a second-grade teacher.

Every Student Receives a Gift

The school’s Santa Letter Writing Project celebration began nine years ago with six community sponsors. Now it is powered by nearly 400 donors, enabling all 420 students — preschool through sixth grade — to receive a gift.

“Not only are they getting a wonderful opportunity to be loved by the community, but they also are learning to write and write the way we want them to,” says Kirk Principal Denise Romero. “It has been a great experience, not only academically, but teaching them about the gift of giving.”

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