Vermont students create ornaments for DC holiday tree

RANDOLPH, Vt. (WCAX) It's a painting project with a little more pressure. After all, this work will be on display in Washington, D.C.

"I got really excited because our school was picked to do something national," said Charlie Tucker, a sixth-grader at Randolph Elementary School.

Randolph Elementary School students in fifth and sixth grade were selected to make ornaments for the Vermont tree, which will be one of 56 smaller trees surrounding the National Christmas Tree in President's Park. The trees are lit every year during the holiday season.

"I think it is really neat because there are so many things that we are proud of and we get to be the ones representing it," said Lula Gage, a fifth-grader.

The kids decided to include three things on their snow globe ornaments: trees, mountains and snow. A clay snowflake in the middle is in honor of Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley.

"He was an earlier photographer, he was a farmer and he was a scientist," art teacher Rebecca Carleton said.

The Jericho man was the first person to take microscopic photographs of snowflakes back in the 1880s.

"All of my classes are about how to create bridges to understand the world around them," Carleton said.

About 100 fifth- and sixth-graders took part in the project.

"Everyone worked on more than one snowflake and it shows teamwork," Tucker said.

Teamwork that turned out ornaments that will soon be hanging in the nation's capital.

"It's going to be so cool because people are going to be like, 'Whoa, what state is that?'" Gage said. "I think that is awesome and it's just nice to think that they are saying that about our state."

And these students had a hand in making it happen.