Dear Santa,

We here at the Democrat have been mostly good this year, and as our reward, we would like to continue our tradition of publishing Letters to Santa from area schoolchildren.

The letters should be from kindergarten and first-grade classes and all three county schools are encouraged to take part.

Our readers want to see the letters as the children wrote them, grammar and spelling included, so, teachers, please e-mail them to us that way, or bring the originals or copies of them to our downtown office, or mail them to us at P.O. Box 119, Clinton, AR 72031.

Christmas is near and all letters should arrive at the Democrat office by Dec. 7. That deadline is crucial to allow us to know how many we have and make arrangements to publish them all.

Thank you, Santa, and thank you, teachers!

The Democrat Staff