November 19, 2008 12:06 ET

Media Advisory: Nov. 21 School Visit by Santa Kicks off Letters to Santa Program

Attention Assignment, City, Family and Photo editors

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2008) - Grade 1 students at Blessed Damien Elementary School will be some of the first children in Calgary to write and send a letter to Santa.

Santa will make a special visit to their school on Friday morning November 21 to greet the children and tell them just how much he looks forward to receiving their letters. Santa's trusty postal elves will be on hand to provide the children with instruction on how to write and address letters to Santa.

Where: Blessed Damien Elementary School, 3619 - 28 Street S.E.

When: Friday, November 21, 2008 - 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Who: - 63 kindergarten and Grade 1 students (permission to film or
photograph has been secured)
- Santa Claus
- Postal Elves who help Santa with his mail

The Santa Letter-writing Program is a Canada Post initiative in support of family literacy. Through the program, Canada Post seeks to instill in children a love of writing and reading letters. More than 11,000 Canada Post employees (current and retired) known affectionately as Postal Elves, volunteer their time to help Santa respond to this letters in the language they are received in, including Braille.

Santa's North Pole Post Office has answered more than 16 million letters since Canada Post's national annual letter-writing program was established in 1982. Last year, Canada Post elves replied to more than 1.2 million letters and 45,000 emails.

Children are reminded to include their complete return address when they send their letters to Santa at his North Pole workshop at:

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Contact Information

  • Southern Alberta
    Sandra Sobko
    Media and Community Affairs Manager
    403-974-2191 or 403-826-5498 (cell)