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Fifty-six schools will create ornaments to accompany the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C.

The 2017 National Christmas Tree and surrounding state, district, and territory trees.
The 2017 National Christmas Tree and several state, district and territory trees.


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News Release Date: October 25, 2018

Contact: Katelyn Liming, 202-619-7156

Fifty-six schools across the country are creating one-of-a-kind ornaments for the 2018 National Christmas Tree experience on the Ellipse in President’s Park in Washington, D.C. These handcrafted ornaments will adorn 56 smaller trees that surround the National Christmas Tree. The 56 trees represent each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia as part of the America Celebrates display.

The America Celebrates display is one of the highlights of the National Christmas Tree experience, which will begin on November 28 with the 96th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Each school will create ornaments that celebrate its state, district or territory. Learn about last year’s artists and ornaments.

Through a partnership with the National Park Service, the U.S. Department of Education worked with state art and education agencies to identify middle and high schools whose students would create the ornaments. The project is funded by the National Park Foundation.

"It's an excitement and privilege; patriotism at its best,” Gavin Kumar, a ninth-grade student at Leonardtown High School in Leonardtown, Maryland said. “I'm excited that my artwork is going to be on display for thousands of people to see."

“We are very honored for our class to have such a great opportunity to represent the state of Michigan at the National Christmas Tree display," Aniyah Moore,  a 12th-grade student at Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint, Michigan said. "It will be fun to create the ornaments, and to show our creativity for our state.”

"I'm honored our small school has the opportunity to represent the beautiful Big Sky State, through art, at a national level,” Elizabeth Donahue, a ninth-grade student at Roundup Junior/Senior High School in Roundup, Montana said.
Fifty-six schools to create ornaments for 2018 National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park:
Alabama Hewitt-Trussville Middle School
Alaska Tanana Middle School
American Samoa Fagaitua High School
Arizona Isaac Middle School
Arkansas Ardis Ann Middle School
California Gabrielino High School
Colorado Chappelow K-8 Arts Magnet School
Connecticut Carmen Arace Intermediate School
Delaware Dover Air Force Base Middle School
District of Columbia SEED Public Charter School
Florida Lecanto High School
Georgia Riverwood High School
Guam Agueda I. Johnston Middle School
Hawaii Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School
Idaho Central Academy
Illinois Dwight Township High School
Indiana Our Lady of Grace Catholic School
Iowa Starmont Middle School
Kansas Colby Middle School
Kentucky Kentucky School for the Deaf and Kentucky School for the Blind
Louisiana Wossman High School
Maine Lawrence High School
Maryland Leonardtown High School
Massachusetts St Charles School
Michigan Carman-Ainsworth High School
Minnesota MACCRAY High School
Mississippi Forest Hill High School
Missouri Hazelwood West Middle School
Montana Roundup Jr.-Sr. High School
Nebraska St. Mary's School Bellevue
Nevada Gerlach K-12
New Hampshire Contoocook Valley Regional High School
New Jersey Ocean City High School
New Mexico El Dorado Community School
New York Dryden Senior High School
North Carolina Needham B. Broughton High School
North Dakota Beulah High School
Northern Mariana Islands Saipan Southern High School
Ohio Milford Junior High School
Oklahoma Middle School of Piedmont
Oregon Howard St. Charter School
Pennsylvania Middletown Area Middle School
Puerto Rico Escuela Especializada de Bellas Artes Ernesto Ramos Antonini
Rhode Island Paul W. Crowley East Bay Met School
South Carolina John W. Moore Intermediate School
South Dakota Roosevelt High School
Tennessee Fairview Middle School
Texas Knippa School, Knippa ISD
Utah Evergreen Junior High School
Vermont Randolph Elementary and Middle School
US Virgin Islands Ivanna Eudora Kean High School  
Virginia Governor's School for the Arts
Washington Graham-Kapowsin High School
West Virginia Washington High School
DeLong Middle School
Lingle-Fort Laramie High School

The National Christmas Tree Lighting has strong ties to education. In 1923, a letter arrived at the White House from the District of Columbia Public Schools proposing that a decorated Christmas tree be placed on the South Lawn of the White House. On Christmas Eve that year, President Calvin Coolidge walked from the Oval Office to the Ellipse and pushed a button that lit the first National Christmas Tree. It was a 48-foot fir donated by Middlebury College in Vermont.

Today’s National Christmas Tree is a living Colorado blue spruce from Virginia, which can be viewed year-round in President’s Park. This year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will kick off the holiday season with live musical performances, special guests and the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The festivities continue with a daily lighting of the National Christmas Tree, free evening musical performances and a chance to see the 56 state, district and territory trees and their ornaments up close from December 1, 2018 through January 1, 2019.

For more event information and updates, please visit and follow the National Christmas Tree on Twitter at @TheNationalTree. Join the conversation online using the hashtag #NCTL2018.

Last updated: November 9, 2018

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