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Ornaments made by students will be on national Christmas tree

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Ornaments made by students will be on national Christmas tree (WFSB) Ornaments made by students will be on national Christmas tree (WFSB)
NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -

Christmas is still a few weeks away, but it is starting to feel like the holiday season for some students at a magnet school in Norwich.

The students created one dozen custom Connecticut-themed ornaments for the national tree in Washington D.C.

The seventh and eighth grade students at the Integrated Day Charter School in Norwich have been working hard at making the holiday ornaments that feature elements of Connecticut.

"I did part of the snow we made and part of cutting out the Capitol building to make it fit right,” said Gabriel Cabezas.

Math teacher Jason Deeble, who is also an artist and a children’s book author, got the request, but only had one week to complete the project.

The ornaments will be displayed on Dec. 3.

"Not only was it an opportunity to get the kids involved, it was an opportunity to generate a workshop of my little elves,” Deeble said.

The work was at the request of the Connecticut Commission of the Arts, and the students worked in teams.

The students first came up with ideas for the ornaments, and then created them inside plastic bulbs.

"Our group wanted to do something to incorporate the state...so we all came to an agreement with the submarines,” said Shante Talley.

"It was really cool.  Interesting that we're going to be on the tree lighting ceremony,” said Kiera Burlingame McCord.

Millions of people will see the work of the students.

"I think it really celebrates not only Connecticut, not only the youth of Connecticut, but the youths of our schools,” Deeble added.

To see the students' artwork, click here.

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