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|
|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|
|Pennsylvania||Neshaminy 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.
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.
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