When the National Christmas Tree is lit in Washington D.C. this year, you can be sure that some Quincy Elementary School students will be watching. That’s because an ornament they made will be hanging on the Kansas Christmas tree, one of 50 such state trees that will surround the much larger national tree.
Anita Wolgast from the North Topeka Arts District, NOTO, showed students in the Quincy Elementary Visual Arts Learning Academy how to weave wheat into tree ornaments. She explained to the students how wheat is made into flour and flour into bread and that Kansas is known as the wheat state. The students are making wheat woven hearts, wreaths and circles topped by wheat heads of Kansas grown wheat. The finished ornament will be decorated with a ribbon and bow and soon will be hanging from the tree that will represent Kansas for the holiday season in the nation’s capital.