Students invited to craft ornaments

First Lady Cheri Daniels is spearheading the student decoration drive, “Holiday Tales from the Heart.”

State Senator Jim Banks is joining Daniels in promoting creativity and literacy by encouraging Hoosier students of all ages to create decorations and by writing about their favorite “Christmas memories” in tiny handcrafted books.

Submitted storybook ornaments will be hung on the Statehouse tree at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 14. Selected stories will be featured on Daniels’ website at

Banks hopes schools in this area participate in this fun project combining art with writing.

Certain guidelines should be followed when constructing books;

Decorations should be no larger than eight inches square;

Decorations may contain short stories of up to 300 words;

Decorations should be made out of non-breakable or non-perishable materials like construction paper, poster board, pipe cleaners, wood, yarn and photographs;

Decorations should have hooks or fasteners attached; and should be labeled with names of students and their schools.

The majestic Statehouse and this enormous, donated pine provide our art teachers an historic opportunity to display both the talent of their students and their spirit of the season. Because of the size of our Statehouse tree, thousands of ornaments are needed by the Statehouse Tour Office to fill its branches during the Dec. 14 trimming celebration.

Mail or deliver decorations to the Statehouse Tour Office located at 200 W. Washington St., Room 220, Indianapolis, IN, 46204. Please keep in mind storybook ornaments will not be returned.

Students and faculty are invited to join the December 14 festivities that will include a visit from the First Lady, special holiday music and a book collection hosted by the Indianapolis Colts.

Educators may call 317-233-5293 to participate. 

Hopefully, local young people can help trim the Statehouse tree with their fondest memories. Senator Banks looks forward to this joyous season and seeing this beautiful tree showcasing the artistic creativity and writing skills of our Hoosier students.

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