2017-11-22 / School News

Widmyer students decorate ornaments for town trees

by Trish Rudder


Kyarria Courtney, left, Nate Snyder, right, and Devin Hess worked together to decorate Christmas ornaments. photo by Trish Rudder Kyarria Courtney, left, Nate Snyder, right, and Devin Hess worked together to decorate Christmas ornaments. photo by Trish Rudder Christmas fabric and homemade Mod Podge were the ingredients used by Widmyer Elementary School students last week to decorate about 360 clear plastic ball ornaments.

The ornaments are to hang on the Town of Bath trees in celebration of Winter Fest, the town’s Christmas celebration that kicks off on Saturday, December 2 with a parade.

Berkeley Springs resident Hunter Clark, who heads up the Christmas Decorations Project committee, said 400 clear plastic pull-apart ornaments were purchased and given to Widmyer for the students to decorate.

Widmyer art teacher Becky Smailes said Christmas fabric was purchased and cut into squares for the students to glue on the inside of the ornament. She said some of the other art designs include marbling, stickers, shredded paper inside painted ornaments, and using markers to make reindeer-faced ornaments, for example.

First-grader Julie Anne Lacy, seven, completed a fabric covered ornament, and said she was looking forward to Christmas. She said her grandmother has her Christmas tree already up, “and me and my brother helped decorate it.”

And Chas Stotler, seven, did a good job, too, with his ornament. He said he was looking forward to Thanksgiving at his grandma’s house.

When the second graders came to class, Smailes demonstrated how to decorate the ornaments, how much glue to put inside, and how to apply the fabric pieces with “the good side down” and to overlap them slightly.

Kyarria Courtney, seven, Nate Snyder, seven, Devin Hess, seven, and Bella Shoemaker, eight, sat together and worked diligently to complete their ornaments.

Smailes stressed to the students that the ornaments they are making will all look alike, so they most likely will not recognize their ornament that will hang on the trees in town. The ornament will be used for future Christmas decorations in the town.

Shoemaker said she is looking forward to attending the second Winter Fest Parade, and she attended last year’s, too.

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