Photos by Kathy Browning
Dale Jackson’s second grade art students at Hotchkiss K-8 show off their Christmas ornaments for the Capitol Christmas tree. Each ornament was handmade and had to be seen from a distance of 25 to 70 feet. The students’ ornaments show silhouetted scenes that show Colorado wildlife and recreation. To the left, third grader Alaina Hardin has clothes pins holding her tin pie pans together just before tying fluorescent yellow ribbons to the pans to finish the ornament.
Call it Operation Celebrating Our Great Outdoors. The 2012 Capitol Christmas tree will not only be cut from the White River National Forest, but will be decorated with 5,000 outdoor ornaments made by kids from throughout Colorado.