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Students at the Village School of North Bennington enjoy a visit from Santa Claus on Friday. their last day of classes before the holiday break. All of the school’s 122 students proved to have been on Santa’s “nice” list. (Khynna Kuprian)
Students at the Village School of North Bennington enjoy a visit from Santa Claus on Friday. their last day of classes before the holiday break. All of the
Students at the Village School of North Bennington enjoy a visit from Santa Claus on Friday. their last day of classes before the holiday break. All of the school’s 122 students proved to have been on Santa’s “nice” list. (Khynna Kuprian)

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Santa visited the Village School of North Bennington Friday morning with bells on.

Principal Tom Martin seemed to be overly familiar with Santa's routine of visiting the classrooms of students in grades Kindergarten through sixth, which he has done every Christmas since Martin began his position at the school seven years ago.

"What matters most in a school is really caring about the kids," said Martin, who had a large bag of candy canes sitting near his desk before the morning's excitement got started.

Choruses of "Thank you, Santa!" could be heard loudly from the fifth-grade classroom, where students made sure to tell their red-clad present-bearer that they were certainly on "the nice list."

The Village School currently enrolls 122 children, who were excited to spend their last day in the classroom prior to winter vacation singing songs and eating gingerbread men.

"They're kind of jazzed-up since this is their last day," said Martin, who appeared to be in jolly spirits all morning.

Teachers at the Village School make it a point to share all holidays with students, who recently celebrated Hanukkah.

It should be a celebration-filled break for the elementary school residents of North Bennington, who were indeed all on the nice list.

Contact Khynna at kkuprian@benningtonbanner.com and follow her on Twitter @khynnakat.