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National Park Service

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Press Contact: Katie Liming (NPS),, 202-619-7156


Jo Ann Webb (U.S. Department of Education),, 202-401-1576


Fifty-six schools will create ornaments to accompany the National Christmas Tree in Washington D.C.


WASHINGTON– Fifty-six schools across the country are creating one-of-a-kind ornaments for the 2018 National Christmas Tree experience on the Ellipse in President’s Park in Washington, D.C. These handcrafted ornaments will adorn 56 smaller trees that surround the National Christmas Tree. The 56 trees represent each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia as part of the America Celebrates display.


The America Celebrates display is one of the highlights of the National Christmas Tree experience, which will begin on November 28 with the 96th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Each school will create ornaments that celebrate its state, district or territory. Learn about last year’s artists and ornaments.


Through a partnership with the National Park Service, the U.S. Department of Education worked with state art and education agencies to identify middle and high schools whose students would create the ornaments. The project is funded by the National Park Foundation.


"It's an excitement and privilege; patriotism at its best," Gavin Kumar, a ninth-grade student at Leonardtown High School in Leonardtown, Maryland said. "I'm excited that my artwork is going to be on display for thousands of people to see."


"We are very honored for our class to have such a great opportunity to represent the state of Michigan at the National Christmas Tree display," Aniyah Moore, a 12th-grade student at Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint, Michigan said. "It will be fun to create the ornaments, and to show our creativity for our state."


"I'm honored our small school has the opportunity to represent the beautiful Big Sky State, through art, at a national level," Elizabeth Donahue, a ninth-grade student at Roundup Junior/Senior High School in Roundup, Montana said.

Fifty-six schools to create ornaments for 2018 National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park:







Hewitt-Trussville Middle School


Tanana Middle School

American Samoa

Fagaitua High School


Isaac Middle School


Ardis Ann Middle School


Gabrielino High School


Chappelow K-8 Arts Magnet School


Carmen Arace Intermediate School