Area students create ornaments for Courthouse Christmas tree

Sunday, November 23, 2008
Clay County Courthouse custodians Garrett Alumbaugh, Peggy Hayes, Rick Hayes, Mike Holland, Bev Timko and Annette Walden work together to place some of the 800-1,000 Christmas ornaments made by children attending local elementary and various pre-schools in Clay County on the courthouse Christmas tree.

With a little help from some of Clay County's youngest residents, it's beginning to look like Christmas at the Clay County Courthouse.

Students from all seven local elementary schools, the LEAAP Center, Cornerstone Christian Academy and Annunciation School created 800-1,000 hand-made Christmas ornaments to be put on display on the 14-foot Christmas tree and inside the courthouse.

"We wanted to do something different this year, so the custodial staff thought it would be nice to ask our local school children to make decorations," Custodian Annette Walden told The Brazil Times.

"When we asked the schools about the project, we didn't think there would be this big of a response."

Custodians Garrett Alumbaugh, Peggy Hayes, Rick Hayes, Mike Holland, Bev Timko, Wayne Knox and Walden started the weeklong project to decorate the courthouse rotunda Nov. 17.

"We're really excited about the response," Timko said, "but we are scratching our heads about where we're going to put them all."

The public is invited to come view the decorations during normal business hours at the courthouse.

However, with so much local talent on display, the staff thought it was only fitting to have a "showing" for the unique artwork.

"We will open the courthouse the night of the Christmas Parade from 5-8:30 p.m. so that people can come see it," Walden said. "The various offices in the courthouse are making cookies and we will have hot chocolate available as refreshments."

Check it out!

The Clay County Courthouse will be open for visitors to look at the Christmas decorations created by local children on Friday, Nov. 28, from 5-8:30 p.m.

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  • Can't wait to check out all the beautiful ornaments made by our youngsters ~

    -- Posted by karebabe on Mon, Nov 24, 2008, at 11:31 AM
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