(10/17/13) - Midland is known as the home of Northwood University, but another school in town gets a lot of attention this time of year -and it attracts students from all around the world.
There are no ivy covered walls at Santa School, and it doesn't look like the typical classroom inside either, but there's no finer place to become one of Santa's helpers.
Nearly 120 are enrolled for the current three-day "Claus" session. One student came from Norway - presumably by airplane.
"It just keep getting bigger and bigger. Every year I have to turn away maybe 20 percent of the people who ask to get in," said Holly Valent, Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School.
About half of this year's class have never been here before.
"I'm a newbie and can't wait to learn how to be the good Santa that all of you guys are," said one Santa student.
Being Santa's helper takes practice. You don't want your ho-ho-ho to scare away little children.
Many of these students return to Santa School time and time again.
"It's the most pure shot of Christmas adrenaline you can ever get. There's such good fellowship here. There's so much experience you can pull from the other Santas," said Jerry Julian, of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
"We can come back to the school and by being here for the period of time we're here, I find I recharge my battery so I'm ready to go for the season," said Leon McBryde, of Virginia.
The Howard Santa Claus School is the longest continually running school of its kind in the world.
"I think you can never be too good at what you do. You always went to improve. That's my goal," said James Dyer, of North Carolina, first year at Santa School.
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