Harlem students’ ornaments chosen to represent Illinois in National Christmas Tree display

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LOVES PARK, Ill. (WTVO) — Students from Harlem Middle School were honored to be chosen to create handcrafted ornaments for the National Christmas Tree display in Washington D.C.

The ornaments will adorn 56-smaller trees that surround the National Christmas Tree in President’s Park. The smaller trees represent each U.S. State, territory and the District of Columbia.

Fifty-six schools across the country were chosen to create the decorations. Harlem Middle School was chosen to represent Illinois.

“I never would have imagined I could actually create an ornament for the National Christmas Tree display that represents my entire state!” Kayden Moore, a seventh grade student at Harlem Middle School in Loves Park, Illinois said. “It is an honor that students from our small city were chosen for this once in a lifetime event!”

The U.S. Department of Education worked with state art and education agencies to find elementary, middle and high school students to create the ornaments for this year’s “America Celebrates” display.

Over 1,500 students will participate in the project, which begins on Thursday, December 5th with the lighting of the National Christmas Tree.

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