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Fifth graders take chilly field trip downtown to decorate Manchester’s holiday tree with handmade ornaments

Carrying bags full of aluminum foil-wrapped pencils meant to look like icicles, laminated snowflakes and colorfully painted clothespins decorated with pipe cleaners and beads to represent Who-ville from the popular Christmas story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” fifth graders from Manchester Elementary School marched downtown Monday with a mission — to decorate the town’s holiday tree.

The class of 23 was led by Manchester Elementary art teacher Amy Smith, who said the children created ornaments in class using recycled and repurposed art supplies.


Each child received a bag of five or six ornaments to decorate the tree Monday.

“I told them ahead of time that this was a community of ornaments,” Smith said, “and that they are not going to get their own back.”


Several parent volunteers accompanied the class and lifted their children to hang ornaments higher on the tree, Smith said.

The time-honored tradition of Manchester Elementary students decorating the town’s tree began several years ago, according to Smith. She said the school has 28 classes and she typically selects one class of fourth or fifth graders who show responsibility during the school year.

“It’s only one class that gets chosen,” Smith said, “and I kind of tell them to be grateful because they’re the only class in the entire school that got picked.”

The tree was decorated ahead of Manchester’s tree lighting ceremony, planned for Friday at 6 p.m.