PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Three local schools have been selected for a national honor.READ MORE: Man Killed In Road Rage Shooting In Springfield Identified, Authorities Say
Ocean City High School in New Jersey, Dover Air Force Base Middle School in Delaware and Middletown Area High School of Pennsylvania are among 56 schools nationwide that have been selected to create one-of-a-kind ornaments for the 2018 National Christmas Tree experience in Washington.
The handcrafted ornaments will hang on 56 trees that will surround the National Christmas Tree. The 56 trees represent each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia.
The smaller trees are part of the America Celebrates display, which will kick off Nov. 28 with the 96th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.READ MORE: Here's How To Help Your Pet Stay Calm, Safe During Fourth Of July Fireworks
Each school will create ornaments that celebrate their state, district or territory.
“It’s an excitement and privilege; patriotism at its best,” Gavin Kumar, a ninth-grade student at Leonardtown High School in Leonardtown, Maryland said. “I’m excited that my artwork is going to be on display for thousands of people to see.”MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Boys Choir Heads To Puerto Rico For First Trip Since Pandemic: 'It's Really Exciting'
Through state art and education agencies, schools and students were selected by the U.S. Department of Education and National Park Service for the honor.