St. Charles School in Woburn Chosen to Create Ornaments to Decorate the National Christmas Tree Display in Washington, D.C.
WOBURN, MA: Middle School students from St. Charles School were chosen to create 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 a special Massachusetts-themed Christmas tree that will join 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.
"It is a great honor to be chosen from so many schools to represent the state of Massachusetts” said Jennifer Whalen-Sirois, Director of Advancement at St. Charles School. “Our art program at St. Charles is excellent. It is wonderful to see the dedication and creativity of our students and teachers showcased on a national level."
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.
Twelve students from grades 6 through 8 worked with art teacher, Abbey Carbone, to create these large globe ornaments. Each student chose their own iconic Massachusetts image to replicate. Ornament images included: the Bunker Hill Monument, scenes from Cape Cod, the world-famous Fenway Park, and more. The ornaments were recently shipped from Woburn, MA to Washington, D.C. in time for the National Tree lighting that will take place on November 28th. Carbone and her daughter Ava, a St. Charles alumna, will be in attendance, representing the entire St. Charles School Community.
Today’s National Christmas Tree is a living Colorado blue spruce from Virginia, which can be viewed year-round in President’s Park. This year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will kick off the holiday season with live musical performances, special guests and the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The festivities continue with a daily lighting of the National Christmas Tree, free evening musical performances and a chance to see the 56 state, district and territory trees and their ornaments up close from December 1, 2018 through January 1, 2019.
For more event information and updates, please visit www.thenationaltree.org and follow the National Christmas Tree on Twitter at @TheNationalTree. Join the conversation online using the hashtag #NCTL2018.
CONTACT: Jennifer Whalen-Sirois, email@example.com
About St. Charles School
Since 1884 Saint Charles School, rooted in the Catholic tradition, is dedicated to providing a strong Catholic education which embraces a multicultural and diverse learning environment. St. Charles School is committed to the academic, spiritual and emotional growth of each child. Students from Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade are welcomed to the faith-based community. SCS is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Visit www.saintcharleswoburn.com or call 781-935-4635 to schedule a private tour. Registrations for the 2019-2020 school year are now being accepted.
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