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Fairbanks IDEA Highschool students provide art for National Christmas Tree Lighting in DC

Published: Dec. 7, 2020 at 4:24 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -Christmas time is upon us again, and students from IDEA High School have contributed ornaments for the Alaska state Christmas tree in Washington D.C.

Throughout the month of December, 56 small trees representing U.S. states, districts and territories will line the pathway around the White House National Christmas Tree. This display is called the “Pathway of Peace”, and children from each state traditionally provide decorations for each tree. This year as a COVID safety precaution, ornament designs were sent entirely digitally to be printed and set up by the National Park Service.

Katie Liming with the National Park Service told us, “I imagine it’s quite the honor for students. Some of these students might not make it to D.C., but they’ve gotten to share a bit of their state with us here. They might decorate a state flower or a state landmark for their ornament, and they get to send their designs here. So I think it is quite the special experience, and I’m so glad that hundreds of students get to be a part of the national Christmas tree lighting.”

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