As released by St. Stephen’s Episcopal School:

Jump Street, Inc. and St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Selected To Create Pennsylvania’s Ornaments For The 2013 National Christmas Tree Display 

Ornaments from all 56 U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia to be displayed at the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C. 

Jump Street, Inc. and middle school students from St. Stephen’s Episcopal School have been chosen to design and create the ornaments for Pennsylvania’s tree for the 2013 National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park in Washington, D.C., the National Park Foundation announced today. Jump Street, Inc. and St. Stephen’s Episcopal School join local artists and youth from each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia who were selected to design and create 24 ornaments for their respective state or territory tree.

“We are extremely proud that our middle school students were selected to participate in this national project,” said Ruth Graffius, the Head of School at St. Stephen’s.  “They enjoyed the opportunity to create river-themed ornaments that will be on display in Washington, D.C.  Our students used the river as their inspiration and tried to capture their unique views of the Susquehanna in Tempera paint on the globes.  We work hard every day to educate our students about the importance of being contributing citizens who play a positive role in the larger community.”

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School has been on Front Street in Harrisburg for 36 years – directly across from the Susquehanna River.  Students there receive environmental education in each grade; they play in Riverfront Park every day at recess, as well as see the river from their classrooms, on their way to the library, physical education and other special activities.

“We are very pleased that Mrs. Bowie and the eighth grade students will represent Pennsylvania in this year’s National Christmas Tree display,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “This time honored tradition is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.”

Four weeks of holiday events in President’s Park will kick off with the 91st National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. The exact date of the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.

As one of America’s oldest holiday traditions, the National Christmas Tree Lighting began on Christmas Eve in 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.

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