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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 Park. These 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.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 422 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. The National Park Service has cared for the White House and its grounds since 1933. President’s Park, which includes the Ellipse and Lafayette Park, was officially included in the national park system in 1961. Visit us at: www.nps.gov, on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter: www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube: www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help protect more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts and connect all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.
Last updated: December 3, 2020