American Students Here and Abroad Create Ornaments for National Christmas Tree Display in D.C.

Monday, November 22, 2021NPF News

WASHINGTON – Students from 58 schools across the nation and abroad have designed one-of-a-kind ornaments for the 2021 National Christmas Tree display on the Ellipse in President’s Park. These unique ornaments will adorn 58 smaller trees surrounding 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. Schools managed by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education and the Department of Defense Education Activity will also participate in the display for the first time this year.

The America Celebrates ornament program is an annual 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  with states and territories to identify 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 the places they call home. Check out thenationaltree.org and the President’s Park Facebook page for more photos of ornaments.

The America Celebrates display is one of the highlights of the National Christmas Tree experience. In partnership with NPF, CBS will broadcast the 2021 ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8-9 PM, PT on the CBS Television Network.

You’re invited to view the National Christmas Tree and the 58 state, district and territory trees and their ornaments up close daily from Dec. 4 through Jan. 1, 2022.

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 423 national parks! Ahead of the holiday season, the NPS planted a new National Christmas Tree. The new tree is a 27-foot white fir (Abies Concolor) from Middleburg, Pa. The new National Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Dec. 2 during the 99th National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.

Stay tuned to learn more about this year’s event! For more event information and updates, please visit www.thenationaltree.org and follow President’s Park on Facebook or Twitter.

58 schools designed ornaments for the 2021 National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park:

 

Location School(s)

Alabama

McAdory High School

Alaska

Ayaprun Elitnaurvik/Chinook Elementary

American Samoa

Manulele Tausala Elementary School

Arizona

Nogales High School

Arkansas

Virtual Arkansas

California

Thousand Oaks Elementary

Colorado

Merino Schools

Connecticut

Andover Elementary School

Delaware

Laurel Middle School

District of Columbia

Eastern High School

Florida

Osceola High School

Georgia

North Paulding High School

Guam

Academy of Our Lady of Guam

Hawaii

President William McKinley High School

Idaho

Idaho Arts Charter School

Illinois

Betty Shabazz International Charter School

Indiana

Danville North Elementary

Iowa

Johnston High School

Kansas

Blue Valley and Most Pure Heart of Mary

Kentucky

Marion County High School

Louisiana

Washington Marion Magnet High School

Maine

Bangor High School

Maryland

Manchester Valley High School

Massachusetts

St. John Paul II Catholic Academy

Michigan

Benton Harbor Area Schools

Minnesota

St. Alphonsus Catholic School

Mississippi

Ida B. Wells Academic & Performing Arts Complex

Missouri

Owensville High School

Montana

Arlee High School

Nebraska

Cody Elementary School

Nevada

Ferron Elementary School

New Hampshire

Rundlett Middle School

New Jersey

Durban Avenue Elementary School

New Mexico

New Mexico School for the Arts

New York

Marlboro High School

North Carolina

Alleghany High School

North Dakota

Sheyenne High School

Northern Mariana Islands

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System

Ohio

Shawnee Local Schools

Oklahoma

Glenpool High School

Oregon

Oregon School for the Deaf

Pennsylvania

George W. Nebinger School

Puerto Rico

Escuela Dr. Francisco Hernández y Gaetán

Rhode Island

Mary E. Fogarty Elementary

South Carolina

Inman Elementary School

South Dakota

Tri-Valley High School

Tennessee

West Middle School

Texas

Caldwell Arts Academy

U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Croix Educational Complex

Utah

Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind

Vermont

Colchester High School

Virginia

Binford Middle School

Washington

Harmony Elementary School

West Virginia

Robert L. Bland Middle School

Wisconsin

Highland Community Schools

Wyoming

Eastside Elementary School

Bureau of Indian Education

Pine Springs Day School (Arizona), Cheyenne-Eagle Butte School (South Dakota), Lac Court Orielles Ojibwe School (Wisconsin)

Department of Defense Education Activity

Vogelweh Elementary School (Kaiserslautern, Germany), Humphreys High School (Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea), and Ramey Unit School (Aguadilla, Puerto Rico)

 


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More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 423 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 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The original Department of Education was created in 1867 to collect information on schools and teaching that would help states establish effective school systems. In 1980, Congress established the U.S. Department of Education as a Cabinet-level agency. While the agency’s name and location within the Executive Branch have changed over the past 150 years, this early emphasis on getting information on what works in education to teachers and education policymakers continues to the present day. Today, the Department operates programs that touch on every area and level of education. Its elementary and secondary programs annually serve over 18,000 school districts and more than 55 million students attending nearly 100,000 public schools and approximately 35,000 private schools. Department programs also provide grant, loan, and work-study assistance to about 16 million postsecondary students.

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