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Ideal Academy Public Charter School Creates Ornaments for 2012 National Christmas Tree Display

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce that the Ideal Academy Public Charter School (IACPS) was selected to design and create this year’s ornaments for the District’s tree in the National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park. Artist Patricia Smith worked with IACPS students to create 24 ornaments for the tree.

“The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is proud that the Ideal Academy Public Charter School will be representing Washington, DC in this year’s National Christmas Tree display,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “We applaud their creative work and look forward to seeing their ornaments highlighted along with the works of other students from across the nation.” 

The 2012 Washington, DC Christmas tree ornaments were selected by a group of middle school students from Ideal Academy PCS under the direction of artist Patricia Smith. The ornaments’ theme is love and appreciation for Washington and the amazing attractions and history offered to residents and visitors. Using origami-style designs in the shape of stars, snowflakes, orbs and hearts, the students showcase the District’s national monuments, people and neighborhoods that signify the vibrancy and rich diversity of the nation’s capital.

“It is an honor to be selected, because the students and administrators at Ideal Academy believe that the arts play a pivotal role in how we learn about the world and how we express our ideas and dreams,” said IAPCS art teacher Patricia Smith. “We are excited to be a part of the National Christmas Tree display, because it provides us with a spectacular canvas to celebrate the diversity of D.C.’s neighborhoods and the accomplishments of its residents.”

Four weeks of holiday events in President’s Park will kick off with the 90th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, presented by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin the evening of December 6th.

As one of America’s oldest holiday traditions, the National Christmas Tree Lighting began on Christmas Eve, 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit a Christmas tree in front of 3,000 spectators on the Ellipse in President’s Park. Since 1923, each succeeding President has carried on the tradition of what now has become a month-long event presented by the National Park Foundation and National Park Service. In addition to the National Christmas Tree display, President’s Park hosts a variety of family-oriented holiday attractions, such as the Santa’s Workshop, nightly holiday performances, a Yule log, nativity scene, and model train display. 

For ticket information and talent announcements, as well as other event details, please visit www.thenationaltree.org.