Youngsters to decorate Silver Lake Christmas tree with wildlife edible ornaments

Sixty five classmates of the Head Start programs in Silver Lake and Wheatland will bring their homemade wildlife edible ornaments to the Silver Lake Christmas Tree in Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

The 3, 4 and 5 years olds, accompanied by their teachers and coordinated by Julie Ouimet, will gather at the park at 10 a.m. Each child will have fashioned ornaments made out of bread, peanut butter, bird seed and other tasty ingredients guaranteed to please the small creatures.

Santa (with an assist by Keith Drissel) will attend as well and present each child with  goodie bag donated by Trustees Barbara Ironside, Marlene Engstrom and Village Clerk Terry Faber.

“We began the tradition in 1995,” said Trustee Ann Augustin, who organizes the event as chairman of the Parks Committee. “Not only do the kids have fun creating their gifts, but they are also aware of doing something in this season of giving for God’s creatures.”

Following the tree trimming, the children will be given a tour of the Police Department by Chief Dan Kingsley. Then it’s on to a tour of the Fire Department by Trustee Richard Maron.

Augustin urges residents to come and join in the celebration.

“It’s not just for the parents,’ Augustin said. “The Christmas spirit is so evident as you witness these little ones offering their hand-made gifts to the hungry animals.”


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