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Yes, Virginia went to CUNY: From little girl letter writer to Hunter grad to lifelong teacher

Yes, Virginia went to CUNY: From little girl letter writer to Hunter grad to lifelong teacher
“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” It may be the most famous sentence in the history of local journalism.

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.As we approach Christmas — and the traditional re-publication of the iconic 1897 New York Sun editorial featuring that classic line — it may be time to give the old phrase a new spin: Yes, Santa Claus, there was a Virginia.was just 8 years old when she composed a letter to the editor, writing: “Some of my friends say there is no Santa Claus.’ Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

In 1949, Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas returned to Hunter to address students at her alma mater (and of course, retell her Santa Claus story).So 10 years after writing to the Sun, Virginia O’Hanlon enrolled at Hunter College, which then, as now, educated many of the teachers employed by the New York City school system.

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