Laramie students design ornaments for National Christmas Tree Park | Regional News

One of the trees in the National Christmas Tree Park in Washington, DC, decorated with ornaments made by school children.

Students at Beitel Elementary School in Laramie have designed unique ornaments to celebrate Wyoming – and these ornaments will adorn 58 small trees that surround the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C.

From state flowers to notable landmarks, American students have designed unique ornaments to celebrate the places they call home. The trees represent states, territories, and schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Education and the Department of Defense Education Activity.

The America Celebrates ornamental program is an annual collaboration of the National Park Service, the US Department of Education, and the National Park Foundation (NPF). Each federal partner worked within their organization to facilitate the identification of elementary, middle and high schools to participate in the America Celebrates program. The project is funded by the FNP.

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 pressed a button that lit the first national Christmas tree.

  • During World War II, wartime restrictions meant that no new ornaments were purchased for the national Christmas tree in 1942. Students in Washington, D.C. donated ornaments that would complement the use of ornaments reused from previous years.

  • This year, more than 2,600 students participated in the America Celebrates adornment program! The pupils, aged 4 to 19, discovered the places where they feel at home. From history and ecological wonders to exploring different artistic mediums, these student adornments are a staple of this holiday.

Since 1973, the National Christmas Tree has been a living tree that can be seen year-round in President’s Park – one of 423 national parks in the United States!

One of the highlights of the National Christmas Tree experience is the America Celebrates exhibit. You are invited to see the national Christmas tree and the ornaments of the 58 trees up close from December 2 to January 1, 2023. Can’t come in person? Check out the President’s Park Facebook page for pictures of the ornaments!

In partnership with NPF, CBS will air the 2022 ceremony on Sunday, December 11 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The national Christmas tree lighting will also be available to the public on beginning December 12.

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