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Students across the country create ornaments for National Christmas Tree display in Washington, D.C.

Individual state and territory trees illuminated during the 2019 National Christmas Tree celebration in President’s Park.
Individual state and territory trees illuminated during the 2019 National Christmas Tree celebration in President’s Park.

NPS Photo / L. Macro

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News Release Date: December 3, 2020

Contact: Katie Liming (NPS), 703-399-4547

Contact: Alanna Sobel (NPF), 202-796-2538

Contact: Angela Morabito (Department of Education), 202-445-4885

WASHINGTON –Students from 56 schools across the country have designed one-of-a-kind ornaments for the 2020 National Christmas Tree display on the Ellipse in President’s ParkThese unique ornaments will adorn 56 smaller trees that surround the National Christmas Tree. The trees represent each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia as part of the America Celebrates ornament display. This year, several ornaments from each school will also be displayed inside the White House.

The America Celebrates ornament program is a collaboration of the National Park Service (NPS), the U.S. Department of Education and the National Park Foundation (NPF). The U.S. Department of Education worked through state art and education offices, which identified elementary, middle and high schools to participate in the America Celebrates program. The project is funded by the NPF.

From state flowers to notable landmarks, students created ornaments that celebrate their state, district or territory.

56 schools designed ornaments for the 2020 National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park:

Alabama  Shelby County High School
Alaska  IDEA Homeschool
American Samoa  Lupelele Elementary School
Arizona  Pinnacle High School
Arkansas  Wooster Elementary School
California  Riverside STEM Academy
Colorado  Meeker High School
Connecticut  Berlin Public Schools
Delaware  Newark High School
District of Columbia  Columbia Heights Education Campus (CHEC)
Florida  Port Salerno Elementary
Georgia  Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School
Guam  Agana Heights Elementary School
Hawaii  Governor Wallace Rider Farrington High School
Idaho  Mountain Home High School
Illinois  Richland County Community Unit School District
Indiana  Brown County High School
Iowa  Karen Acres Elementary School
Kansas  Rolling Ridge Elementary School
Kentucky  Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School
Louisiana  Parkway Elementary School
Maine  Regional School Unit #38
Maryland  Hyattsville Middle School
Massachusetts  All Saints Academy
Michigan  Brimley Area School District
Minnesota  St. Alphonsus Catholic School
Mississippi  Terry High School
Missouri  Nixa Public School
Montana  The Polaris School
Nebraska  Chadron Public School
Nevada  Damonte Ranch High School
New Hampshire  Amherst Middle School
New Jersey  Delaware Township School
New Mexico  Harrison Schmitt Elementary School
New York  Champlain Valley Educational Services
North Carolina  West Buncombe Elementary School
North Dakota  Kindred Public School District
Northern Mariana Islands  Grace Christian Academy
Ohio  Liberty Tree Elementary School
Oklahoma  Jenks High School
Oregon  Howard Street Charter School
PennsylvaniaNeshaminy School District
Puerto Rico  Escuela Dr. Francisco Hernández y Gaetán
Rhode Island  Frank E. Thompson Middle School
South Carolina  J.G. McCracken Middle School
South Dakota  Hill City High School
Tennessee  Beaumont Magnet Academy Elementary School
Texas  Caldwell High School
U.S. Virgin Islands  St. Croix Educational Complex High School
Utah  Union High School
Vermont  Milton Town School District
Virginia  Appomattox Regional Governor’s School
Washington  Tukes Valley Middle School
West Virginia  Robert L. Bland Middle School
Wisconsin  St. Thomas More High School
Wyoming  West Elementary School
 
The America Celebrates display is one of the highlights of the National Christmas Tree experience. We’ll share the virtual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 3 at thenationaltree.org. This year’s show will feature the recorded lighting of the National Christmas Tree, holiday performances and more. Due to COVID-19-related public health concerns, the NPS and NPF will not host a live audience this year. The show will be available to stream on-demand throughout the holiday season.

You’re invited to view the National Christmas Tree and the 56 state, district and territory trees and their ornaments up close daily from Dec. 1 through Jan. 1, 2021.

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 balsam fir donated by Middlebury College in Vermont.

Since 1973, the National Christmas Tree has been a living tree which can be viewed year-round in President’s Park – one of America’s 422 national parks! A 30-foot Colorado blue spruce currently serves as the National Christmas Tree.

For more event information and updates, please visit www.thenationaltree.org or follow President’s Park on Facebook or Twitter.

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Last updated: December 3, 2020

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