Louisiana students make ornaments for national Christmas tree

Louisiana students make ornaments for national Christmas tree

POSTED: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 1:01pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 1:03pm

GALLIANO, La (WVLA)-- First Lady Supriya Jindal and Artist George Rodrigue teamed up with students at Galliano Elementary to decorat Christmas ornaments.

 The ornaments will be showcased on the 2010 National Christmas Tree in Washington D.C. and on the “Louisiana” tree, which stands in the same area. Since Christmas Eve 1923, the National Christmas Tree Lighting has become one of the country’s oldest holiday traditions. The event is cosponsored by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation.

First Lady Supriya Jindal and George Rodrigue selected Galliano Elementary School for the project after the community was affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as well as the moratorium on deep water drilling.

"I have been depicting the unique qualities of our state throughout my forty-year career, beginning with Louisiana landscapes and Cajun scenes and now with the Blue Dog," says Rodrigue. "With these ornaments, the students have captured those qualities which set Louisiana apart, and they are sure to stand out in Washington.”

Each State was asked to prepare 26 Christmas ornaments. Twenty five ornaments will hang on the state/territory Christmas tree as part of the National Christmas Tree display and one will hang on a Christmas tree in the White House Visitor Center showcasing each state/territory ornament.

One additional ornament was created to be showcased at the Governor's Mansion.

For more information on the National Christmas Tree lighting, please visit www.thenationaltree.org.

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