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MIDLAND, MI – (October 16th, 2017) – Santa Claus isn’t coming to town. He’s already here,
according to Tom Valent, Dean of the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School.

Valent heads the World’s Oldest Santa School, which was established in 1937. Often described
as the “Harvard” of Santa Schools, it just graduated its’ 84th class – the Class of 2021. Among the over 200 students
was Fowlerville, Michigan resident Roger Minton, who just graduated Magna Cum Santa.

Minton earned his iconic red and white hat and the key to the cookie cupboard during the 40 hour curriculum.

Class lessons included Santa facts and legends, radio and television interviews, and proper use
of stomach muscles to say “Ho-ho-ho.”

“Among all the fun things we did in class, I learning from all the other Santas. It was a privilege to be with them for this.” said Minton.

“It’s quite amazing,” exclaimed Minton, “this is my second time coming to the C.W. Howard school and I am still learning.” As examples, Minton pointed out that Santa has 967 elves that work with him at the North Pole.
Further, he learned that reindeer have hollow hooves and the “clickety-clack” sound is from their ankles.

The Santa Claus School is a nonprofit organization with students from Germany, Ireland,
England, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Greenland, South Africa, and Switzerland as well as the
United States.

Minton is currently polishing his belt buckle and sleigh bells as he gets ready to visit children and adults
throughout the greater Lansing Michigan area this November and December. No doubt you’ll see him or one of his fellow white beards as they help spread the holiday giving spirit.

Interview Contacts:
Tom Valent, Dean
Phone: 989-631-0587

Roger Minton
Phone: 248-303-0810
PO BOX 125
Fowlerville, MI 48836