SECOND GRADER TO LIGHT THE U.S. CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE

October 27, 2011
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Seven year old Johnny Crawford was selected to turn on the 10,000 LED lights that illuminate this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Photo: YubaNet

Seven-year-old Johnny Crawford from Sonora, Calif. will join Speaker of the House John Boehner in the Dec. 6th tree lighting ceremony, which features a 65-foot Sierra white fir from Stanislaus National Forest
SONORA, Calif., Oct. 24, 2011 – Seven year old Johnny Crawford has spent the past two years studying U.S. history with his mother, who home schools him along with his brother and sister.
Little did Johnny know that he would become part of U.S. history himself.
Last Thursday, officials from Stanislaus National Forest arrived at his home in Sonora, Calif. to tell him that he had been selected in a random drawing to turn on the 10,000 LED lights that illuminate this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in a ceremony that includes Speaker of the House John Boehner.
“He was very surprised,” said Lisa Crawford, Johnny’s mother, adding that her family is making plans to travel to Washington, D.C. for the Dec. 6th tree lighting ceremony.
Johnny learned about the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree last spring, when he joined other children at the Little Red School House in Sonora and made ornaments for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree as a class project.
Lisa Crawford subsequently entered Johnny’s name in the drawing to participate in the tree lighting ceremony, which drew 717 participants from across California.
“Children from every area of California participated in the drawing, from Yreka, Chester and Mount Shasta in the north to Long Beach, Pasadena and San Juan Capistrano in the south,” said Maria Benech, U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree coordinator.
The actual drawing was made on Thursday by Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Joe Silva.
The 2011 US Capitol Christmas Tree Committee is coordinating fundraising efforts to pay for the hotel and airfare for Johnny and another family member to attend the tree lighting ceremony. For more information, visit www.capitolchristmastree2011.org.

Maria Benech
2011 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Coordinator
Stanislaus National Forest
(209) 532-3671, Ext. 263
mbenech@fs.fed.us
www.capitolchristmastree2011.org

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