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Schoolchildren Spread Holiday Cheer Through Dulles and Reagan Airports

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More than 250 children showed up to decorate Dulles Airport. (Credit: Kimberly Suiters)

More than 250 children showed up to decorate Dulles Airport. (Credit: Kimberly Suiters)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Area students are decking the halls of DC’s two major airports Wednesday and Thursday in the sixth year of an annual festive tradition.

Schoolchildren from DC, Maryland and Virginia have been charged with bringing some holiday cheer to passengers at Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

They’ll be decorating the hallways and trees with “Home for the Holidays” theme-related ornaments as part of the sixth annual tree trimming celebration set up by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority School Partnership Program.

In 2011, more than 250 students from local schools participated in the event, decorating with “Celebrate the Holidays on Candy Lane” themed tree trimming.

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Over 150 children, ages 3 to 13, began decking the halls of Dulles Airport on Wednesday. They lined up at workstations where they decorated all sorts of ornaments – from reindeer to stockings, candy canes to snowflakes, even little airplanes – then hung them on 10 Christmas trees displayed prominently throughout the airport, for passengers to enjoy as they arrive and depart.

Many of the children had never stepped foot in an airport before, telling WNEW it made them dream of traveling the world – to places like Paris and Ireland.

One of the recurring sentiments from the youngsters was pure amazement of the idea that their handcrafted artwork would be displayed in the airport; never before imagining they could create something and have so many people admire it.

More than 250 students are expected to decorate Reagan Airport on Thursday. They’ll all file into Terminal B from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., spread good tidings and cheer, then return to one of the following schools:

  • District of Columbia Hendley Elementary School
  • Cardozo High School
  • Thomson Elementary School
  • Prince Georges County, Md. Potomac High School
  • Parkdale High School
  • Fairfax County, Va. Carl Sandburg Middle School
  • Earl L. Pulley Career Center
  • Groveton Elementary School
  • West Potomac High School

The trees are located throughout the baggage claim level along the window wall, for anyone in need of some season’s greetings.

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