December 15, 2012 in Washington Voices


Kindergarteners’ sing-along followed by face time with Santa, Mrs. Claus
By The Spokesman-Review
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Central Valley Kindergarten Center student Broden Miller, smiles at Santa and Mrs. Claus during a visit to his school on Wednesday.
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Kindergarten teacher Bob McCaslin led the morning students at the Central Valley Kindergarten Center in Christmas carols Wednesday. After they finished each song, students shouted, “Bravo, bravo, bravo!”

The children didn’t know it yet, but they were about to receive a visit from a couple of very special guests: Santa and Mrs. Claus.

“They think we’re just having a sing-along,” said Principal Sasha Deyarmin.

This is the fourth year the school has been visited by the couple. Harrison and Joy Fahrner have been performing with Santa at elementary schools in the area and spend the whole day at the schools.

“We love it,” Joy Fahrner said. “They’re really very, very special (children).”

The Fahrners are the parents of Cheri Johnson, the school’s occupational therapist. Johnson spent Wednesday taking pictures of the students on Santa’s lap they whispered their Christmas wishes in his ear.

“I wanted a new Wii game because my brother ripped out the disk,” said Marcus Mitchell, 6.

“I wanted a new dress,” said McKenna Finley, 6.

Lily Malloy, 5, said she asked for an American Girl doll and nodded when asked if she was surprised to see Santa at school.

After pictures, the children left the music room with a special message from Santa.

“Merry Christmas to you,” he told them. “Ho ho ho.”

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