Over 2,600 students from 58 different schools participated in the America Celebrates ornament program

This year, students from 58 different schools, including Calvert High School, Friendship Public Charter School, Falmouth Elementary School, and Blow-Pierce Academy, created one-of-a-kind ornaments that will be placed on hundreds of smaller trees that surround the National Christmas Tree in President’s Park.

More than 2,600 students participated in the initiative to create this year’s decorations.

The America Celebrates ornament program represents states, territories, and schools managed by the Bureau of Indian Education and the Department of Defense Education Activity. The National Park Service, the United States Department of Education, and the National Park Foundation all participate annually in the program in some capacity.

According to the Park Service, the ornaments will showcase state flowers, monuments, historical places, and ecological wonders.

From the second of December to the first of January, members of the public will have the opportunity to see both the National Christmas Tree and the students’ decorated trees.

D.C.’s President’s Park on the National Mall will serve as the location of the 100th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 30.

Gayle Gordon

As a college student, making an extra buck now and then was very important. I started as a part-time reporter since I was 19 yo, and I couldn’t believe it might become a long-time career. I'm happy to be part of the Virginian Tribune's team.

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