First lady Supriya Jindal visited Audubon Elementary School on Oct. 26, where she assisted students in decorating Christmas ornaments for a national display.
For the sixth year, Louisiana’s Christmas ornaments will be displayed on the National Christmas Tree as well as the “Louisiana” tree, both of which are located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., a news release said.
The ornaments were designed by Stacey Uffman Blanchard, an artist and owner of Lagniappe Frame Shoppe & Fleur deSign Gifts. She has been a painter for more than 40 years and often is commissioned to create pieces for local organizations and businesses.
The ornament depicts Louisiana’s four national parks: Cane River National Heritage Area, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and Poverty Point.
“The students at Audubon Elementary School did an excellent job, and it was an honor to work with them because I was once a student at Audubon Elementary. I think the ornaments will represent our state well,” Blanchard said.
Each state was asked to prepare 12 Christmas ornaments. Eleven will hang on the state Christmas tree as part of the National Christmas Tree display on the National Mall and one will hang on a Christmas tree in the White House Visitor Center that will showcase an ornament from each state, the release said. One additional ornament was created for display at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion.