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December 14, 2013

Step Back in Time: Dec.14, 2013

25 years ago

Dec. 14, 1988

Fourth-graders at Valleyview Elementary School in Oneonta have visions of computers and videogames appearing beneath the Christmas tree, even though many said they’re afraid they’ll find clothes instead.

But as the children entertain fanciful Christmas wishes for themselves, they also are thinking realistically about giving to children thousands of miles away in other parts of the world.

“We’re bringing in things for a box, and we’re going to send them to a needy girl and a needy boy,” said Ashley Pontius. She is planning to send scissors, a pencil and tablet of paper, something every boy and girl should have, she said.

“The class project is about helping people who may not get anything else for Christmas other than what we’re sending them,” said Jon Higgins.

David Tuthill, fourth-grade teacher, said his class of 9- and 10-year-olds voted to send a package to two needy children in Latin America through a group called “Friends of America.”

“It gives a little specialness to the season,” said Tuthill. The 25 pupils chose the project instead of exchanging gifts with one another, he said.

Pupils have been setting aside ice cream money to provide postage, and they are collecting items such as canned chicken and beef, a small American flag and a map, pencils, paper, slacks and marbles. Students are preparing to send the package, which also will include cards and a class photograph, by next week, Tuthill said.

Brad Alger is bringing in a candle, a pencil and a jackknife to put in the box destined for Latin America.

“It’s important because they’re things that people need every day,” he said.

50 years ago

Dec. 14, 1963

In the very near future, it may not be against the law to let an empty milk bottle go unrinsed.

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