Creating Ornaments

J-E-T Students to Create Ornaments for the 2019 National Christmas Tree Experience
Posted on 09/18/2019
Students creating ornaments

Although South Carolina still features swimsuit weather in September, Ms. Avis Tuttle’s seventh and eighth grade advanced art students’ thoughts have turned to the Christmas season. The National Park Service has selected these students from Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School to represent the state in creating twenty-four ornaments for the 2019 National Christmas Tree Experience: America Celebrates display in Washington, D.C. The handcrafted globes, twenty-four from each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia, will adorn fifty-six smaller trees that will surround the large National Christmas Tree. Based on past numbers, over 250,000 visitors may view the ornaments during the holiday season.

Ms. Tuttle noticed an application on the South Carolina Department of Education’s Facebook page and composed a statement detailing why her students should be selected to create the state’s ornaments. In the application, she related, “This project will allow students to take ownership in researching their state, planning and sketching their design, and using their own skills to create an ornament masterpiece. The students ‘light up’ when seeing their artwork displayed in the hallways. However, if they were to know their hard work and artwork were displayed at The National Park during such a magical time of the year, their confidence level would increase and their ‘light up’ would be even more special.”

Art student Lizbeth Trujillo remarked that their selection was “shocking because out of all the schools in South Carolina, they picked ours.”

“It didn’t seem real,” added Tillman Miller, “because we’re from little old Edgefield.”

The project is a partnership between the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Education. The National Park Service will send materials this month for the students to use to create the ornaments. The completed globes must be shipped to Washington by November 1.

Caption for Picture: Ms. Tuttle’s seventh graders are ready to create their ornaments. Pictured left to right: Front Row – Lauren Bates, Ryleigh Raines, Jill Caldwell; Second Row – Hartley Byrd, Wilder Perez, Evan Williams, Claire Massey, Carson Mims, Faith Johnson; Third Row – Art Teacher, Avis Tuttle

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