Letter to Santa from students at Rockingham High School requesting a new school, as published in the Post-Dispatch, Dec. 22, 1922
Dear Santa Claus:
We have been very good for two years in the opera house. We have been very
patient. Santa, it is about as cold up here in the opera house as it is where
you live, and in the summer time it is so hot we can hardly keep still. Santa,
if you were to sit in our room in May, the icicles in your beard would melt.
There are very few windows in the building for light and ventilation. Santa,
the noise in the street sounds like a boiler factory. Sometimes we have to stop
our work until the noise is over. On one side of us is a garage and you know
how quiet they are.
The lights that we use are artificial and not very helpful to the eyes. We
are also very crowded in here. In Science, we are handicapped with our
experiments because we do not have a laboratory. Santa, please bring us a new
High School building, modernly equipped, and place it where we shall have room
to p lay. Please don’t forget us, Santa.
Your friends, the pupils of R.H.S.