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Cavelero students create ornaments for National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C.

Cavelero Mid High School was one of just 56 schools across the country selected to create handcrafted ornaments for the 2019 National Christmas Tree. Through a partnership with the National Park Service, the U.S. Department of Education worked with state art and education agencies to identify elementary, middle and high schools whose students would create the ornaments for the America Celebrates display. More than 1,500 students will participate in this year's project. 

At Cavelero, more than 240 ninth-graders in Karen Towey and Kylen Fountain's art classes participated in the project. Towey replied to a request for a proposal from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, which led to Cavelero being selected to represent Washington state.

Cavelero is sending 48 ornaments that highlight the beauty of the Evergreen State through painted scenes and animals. Students painted these onto recycled plastic lids.

This ornament, painted by Sam Alf, will represent Washington state on the National Christmas Tree. The other ornaments will decorate smaller trees in President's Park. Read more

Winning ornament, black bird

 Cavelero group photo

Student painting