MADISON – When Governor Scott Walker sent out the call asking students from across the state to decorate this year's State Capitol Christmas tree, they didn't disappoint him.
Ornaments from students representing 100 schools, 4-H clubs, scouting organizations and more poured into the capitol building by the Nov. 22 deadline. Each ornament depicts this year's theme celebrating the Capitol building's 100th Birthday.
“Every year, visitors come from all over to visit the Capitol and see its magnificent Christmas tree,” Governor Walker said. “With the centennial celebration of our state’s Capitol building occurring this year, we wanted this year’s State Capitol Christmas tree to honor and celebrate this milestone.”
And celebrate it they did. The 40-foot balsam fir from Price County, lit with 2,000 LED multi-colored lights, is decked out with hundreds of ornaments featuring Bucky Badger, the iconic capitol building, birthday cakes and candles, the state bird, cheese, dairy cows, W's, sleds, flowers created using the state map and more.
Teachers and staff overseeing the creative artwork shared their children's experiences making the ornaments by sharing pictures and stories via Facebook and Twitter using #WICapitolTree.
Staff from Dr. Rosa Minoka-Hill School in the Green Bay School District posted on Twitter images of students creating and personalizing wooden ornaments bound for Madison, while students from Lodi proudly showed off replicas of the state capitol building topped with a candle and jaunty party hat.
The 35-year-old tree was donated by the Jim and Debbie Ryf family from Emery, WI, who joined Gov. Walker on Dec. 1 for the official tree lighting ceremony.
Schools and organizations contributing centennial ornaments include: Academy of Excellence, Milwaukee; Amy Belle, Colgate; Aspirus Riverview Project SEARCH, Wisconsin Rapids; Badger State Baptist School, Oak Creek; Balance Inc., Grafton; Barneveld Elementery, Barneveld;
Cadotte Girl Scout Troop 5075, Racine; Camp Victory School, Milwaukee; Chain of Lakes Elementary, Waupaca; Cub Scout Tiger Pack 132, Madison; Cub Scout Pack 302, Madison; Cushing Elementary, Delafield.
Dr. Rosa Minoka-Hill School, Green Bay; Daisy Girl Scout Troop 82, Middleton; Darlington Elementary, Middle, Darlington; Dodgeville Middle, Dodgeville; Doudna Elementary, Richland Center; Douglas Elementary, Watertown; Edgar Elementary, Edgar; El Shaddai Christian Fellowship, Kaukauna; Ettrick Elementary and Trempealeau Elementary, Gale, Ettrick, Trempealeau School District; Evans Elementary, Fond du Lac.
Fairview Elementary, Krakow; First German Lutheran School, Manitowoc; Flambeau Elementary, Lac du Flambeau; Gibraltar Elementary, Fish Creek; Grant School, Milwaukee; Grant Elementary, Marshfield; Grantosa Drive School, Milwaukee; Harrison Elementary, Janesville; Home School Graham Library, Union Grove; Huntley Elementary, Appleton; Hustisford School District, Hustisford; Immanuel Lutheran School, Wisconsin Rapids; Ithaca Elementary, Richland Center; Jefferson Elementary, Stevens Point; Kewaskum Elementary, Kewaskum.
Kewaskum Middle, Kewaskum; La Casa de Esperanza Charter School, Waukesha; LaGrange Elementary, Tomah; Lakeview Elementary, Wind Lake; Lebanon Elementary, Watertown; Lincoln Elementary, Marshfield; Living World Child Development Center, Jackson; Lodi Elementary, Lodi; McKinley Elementary, Wauwatosa; Madison Country Day School, Madison; Madison Elementary, Marshfield; Madison Elementary, Janesville; Mercer School, Mercer; Milton East Elementary, Milton; Minoka Hill School, Green Bay; Minocqua J1 School District, Minocqua.
Mondovi Elementary, Mondovi; Monticello Middle School, Monticello; Mosinee Elementary, Mosinee; Northwood School, Minong; Northside Intermediate, Milton; Notre Dame of DePere, DePere; Oconto Elementary, Oconto; OSC School District, Lodi; Park Elementary, Cross Plains; Pleasant Prairie Elementary, Pleasant Prairie; Randolph Elementary School, Randolph; Random Lake Elementary, Random Lake; Rib Lake, Rib Lake; Rock Ledge Primary Center, Seymour; Rolling Hills Elementary, Mukwonago; St. Gregory the Great Parish School, Milwaukee; St. James School, Madison.
St. John’s Catholic School, Princeton; St. John’s Lutheran, Berlin; St. John’s Lutheran School, Jefferson;
St. Joseph’s School, Green Bay; St. Mary School, Richland Center; St. Mark’s Lutheran, Watertown; St. Patrick’s School, Onalaska; St. Paul Lutheran School, Stevens Point; St. Vincent Palloti Catholic School, Milwaukee; Sabin Livewires 4-H, Richland Center; Sacred Heart Catholic School, Shawano; Sandburg Elementary, Madison; Shattuck Middle, Neenah; Sonnenberg School, Mount Pleasant;Three Lakes Elementary, Three Lakes.
Traver School, Lake Geneva; Tree Toppers 4-H, Antigo; University Lake School, Hartland; Utica Christian School, Stoughton; Verona Area International, Fitchburg; Washington Elementary, Beaver Dam; Waterloo Elementary, Waterloo; Webster Stanley Elementary, Oshkosh; Westfield Elementary, Westfield; West Side Elementary, Mauston; Wilson Elementary, Janesville and Woods School, Lake Geneva.