The Purcell Register went on the detective trail at Purcell Elementary recently trying to unlock the secret of how Santa gets around and what makes his reindeer have the ability to fly.
The question was posed to 11 first graders at PES with the common denominator being magic.
Vada King in Ms. Aloway’s class said it was, “magic.” When pressed about what kind of magic she said, “just regular magic.”
Another member of Ms. Aloway’s class, Layla Ponder, said Santa has a lot to do with it. “Santa shakes his jingle bells and it signals them to know to fly,” she confirmed.
Representing Mrs. Haynes’ class were Nate Scrivner and Delanie Wartchow.
Nate said Santa pulls the string that is on his sleigh and that’s what makes them go.
“They go really fast and really high with the presents on the sleigh. He lives at the North Pole,” Nate said.
Delanie said the reindeer are powered by people being nice to each other.
“It’s the magic from kids who are nice to other people and help them out,” she confirmed. “Giving out kindness helps the reindeer grow.”
She estimated the sleigh and reindeer travel about 25 m.p.h. and fly “really high.”
From Mrs. Brown’s class were Raegan Ward and Nick Smith.
Raegan said Santa has a secret weapon he uses to propel the reindeer through the night sky.
“He has a magic wand he keeps in his car,” she said. “He takes it out and waves it and that makes them fly. They go really fast and very high.”
Nick was quick with his answer. “It’s magic dust,” he said straight away. Nick estimated the reindeer fly at a pace of 10 m.p.h. at about 100 feet off the ground.
Hayes Pruitt and Karter Wilhoit represented Mrs. Epperson’s class. Both agreed it is magic that makes them go but they did vary just a bit on their speed and height off the ground.
Hayes said they go 100 m.p.h. at 96 feet off the ground while Karter said they travel at 70 m.p.h. at a height of 102 feet.
Two students from Mrs. Wilkins’ class, Thomas Montgomery and Landry Perigo put in their two cents about the talented Caribou.
Thomas reports the magic comes from Santa’s sleigh.
“They go 70 m.p.h. at 50 feet off the ground,” Thomas said. Landry said, “They fly at about 15 m.p.h. about 12 feet up.”
JJ Franco, also out of Mrs. Brown’s room, said the reindeer fly at 50 m.p.h. at the 100 feet level.
“I think there is special flying dust that comes from Santa’s workshop,” JJ said.
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