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Making the call for Christmas
Fifth-grade teacher Ann Prophett, shown inside Abraham Lincoln Accelerated Learning Academy in Monroe, has called a family in Germany on Christmas for the past 35 years. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE - At 5 a.m. on Christmas morn, when even children are still nestled all snug in their beds, Ann Prophett, Monroe, is awake, making her traditional call to a family in Germany. "I think I have not called on two Christmases, so one year I called on New Year's Day instead," Prophett said. For 35 years, Prophett has been calling to wish a Merry Christmas to her German "sister" and German "parents" - a family she met during a Monroe High School German Club trip when she was a senior.