School Christmas programs may be a thing of the past in some places, but not here. Folks gathered in the gym on Thursday night to see what the kids had been working on the past few weeks. Bonnie’s K-1 group performed “The Santa Run”. There they were: reindeer, a doctor, Santa, Mrs. Claus, an elf, a young musher and a team of sled dogs led by none other than Balto.
Of course if you know the rhyme, you know they end up falling down, bumping their heads and the doctor says, “No more reindeer jumping on the bed.”
Meanwhile in Nome, Balto overhears his musher saying that he’s too old and he plans to get rid of him. He gets out of his collar and runs away, finding four other dogs along the way.
Well, well, wouldn’t you know that Santa’s elf finds a letter from a young boy in Shungnak who wants a dog team for Christmas. The dogs conveniently wander into Santa’s yard and all things turn out for the best…
The finale was sung to the tune of “She’ll be Comin’ Round the Mountain When she Comes”. I’m glad we teach in a place where the school Christmas program is still a looked-forward-to tradition.