Centennial Elementary Recipient of 2017 Santa Flight Mission

The excitement of Christmas came early for the students of Centennial Elementary in Roosevelt. Santa Flight Utah chose the school for their mission this year to brighten the holiday for deserving kids and they arrived in Roosevelt on Friday in style. 35 airplanes flown by the volunteer pilots of Angel Flight West arrived at the Roosevelt airport with loads of school supplies, coats, and toys. The items were loaded into a giant semi truck and were transported to the throngs of cheering students waiting at the school, arriving along with Santa and Mrs. Clause who came in their helicopter. During a special school assembly, Angel Flight West wing leader Steve Bollinger explained that the organization provides free flights for medical patients needing transportation for appointments but once a year they also take on the special mission of the Santa Flight. Wasatch Front scout groups collected much of the supplies and toys and then the pilots donated their time, fuel, and flight to get the goods to the excited kids at Centennial. The organization also presented the school with about $3,000 dollars in cash donations during the assembly. The excitement of every child was clear and their energy was contagious.

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.