Resurrection Catholic School students today completed the first of three projects to be displayed in the community as part of programs that feature student artwork.

Dutch Wonderland, Millersville University and the Diocese of Harrisburg sponsor programs to showcase student art, and teacher Patricia McGuire felt it important for students to get involved.

Mrs. McGuire stands with third grade students in front of ornaments created by k-5 students and destined for display on one of 35 Christmas trees at Dutch Wonderland Nov. 18-Dec. 30.

“If you open up the world of creativity to kids, they’ll take off with it … It’s one thing kids don’t use enough of today – their imagination – because of high tech,” McGuire said.

Under her guidance, 87 students made stars of clay, pipe cleaners and premade molds to decorate an RCS tree at Dutch Wonderland Nov. 18 to Dec. 30 as part of an outdoor display of 35 Christmas trees, each decorated by a local school.

“They wanted us to use stars as a theme, and that crossed our school theme: Family of Faith – Let Our Light Shine,” McGuire said. Some grades colored wooden people of themselves holding stars.

Students also entered Bishop Ronald Gainer’s Christmas Card Contest for a chance to be the featured artist on the cover of his annual Christmas card. Contest rules state students must “portray the real reason for the Christmas season, an interpretation of the birth of Jesus Christ as seen through the student’s eyes.” Winners will be announced Nov. 30.

Finally, Resurrection Catholic School will be the featured school in February at Millersville University’s Winter Center as part of Studio for Students, a program that rotates displays of Lancaster County schools’ art work throughout the year.