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Jacksboro Elementary to hold Christmas tree forest and auction

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By Charlotte Underwood

Christmas is coming a little early at Jacksboro Elementary School (JES) this year.  

The school is holding its first Christmas tree forest and silent auction.

The public is invited to stroll through the Christmas tree forest and place bids on decorated trees, according to Jacksboro Elementary Principal Lynn Ray.  

“It’s a good chance for people with busy schedules to come by and pick out a tree,” said Ray.  All proceeds from the silent tree auction will go back into the classrooms to buy supplies and fund activities for the children, according to Ray.

Ray said the Fantasy of Trees in Knoxville inspired him to start something similar for the school.

“I thought it would be something fun for the kids, while helping them at the same time,” said Ray.

All classes are participating by decorating trees in unique ways to be sold at the silent auction.

“We have a fishing tree, a bird of peace tree, a patriotic tree, a dog treat tree and a redneck tree just to name a few,” Ray said.

Some classes are doing something just a little bit different, with the fourth grade decorating mini- trees and fifth graders are making gift baskets to be auctioned off.

“The main idea behind this is to have some holiday fun and to help the kids out with projects and field trips,” said Ray.

He hopes for this first Christmas tree auction to turn into an annual event.

The auction will be held on Nov. 24 in the gym from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m.

For more information contact Jacksboro Elementary at 562-9345.