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Chris Smith: $100 helps Petaluma woman do the right thing

Last summer, someone stole three nice, sturdy tricycles and a wagon from the kindergarten yard at Valley Vista School in Petaluma.

The cost to replace them: More than $1,200.

In December, a parent asked kindergarten teacher Andrea Neufeld what she'd like for Christmas. She replied that if possible, it would nice to replace the wagon and some of the trikes.

Parents pitched in $450. Neufeld added $225 and bought a wagon and a trike. The kids were ecstatic.

A bit later, Neufeld was driving in Petaluma when her 10-year-old son and ex-student, Matthew, spotted in a front yard what he was sure were the stolen wagon and two of the trikes.


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