Bang ES Art Club’s ornament selected for 2019 Capitol tree display

December 20, 2019

Bang ES Art Club’s ornament selected for 2019 Capitol tree displayThe Bang Elementary School Art Club painted a holiday ornament that will represent Texas District 135 and Rep. Jon Rosenthal on the 23-foot Christmas tree in the House Chamber of the Texas Capitol. Fifth grade students who took are in the project were Jacob Arellano, John Bentley, William Brady, Emily Duran, Valeria Fonseca, Kaycee Liwanag, Isabella Lopez, Sara Quach, Devin Ruley, Isaias Vargas and Gavin Welch.

Dec. 20, 2019—The Bang Elementary School Art Club routinely creates together projects for the campus throughout the school year, but a recent artwork has made its way to the State Capitol. The fifth grade students painted a holiday ornament that will represent Texas District 135 and Rep. Jon Rosenthal on the 23-foot Christmas tree in the House Chamber of the Texas Capitol during the holiday season.

Each year, one personalized ornament from each of the 150 Texas House districts is chosen to help decorate the Texas-grown Christmas tree. Going into the 11th year, the project highlights artistic skills and abilities from constituents across the state.

In addition to the ornaments on display, a photo and description of each piece will also be published in the House of Representative’s 2019 ornament book.

The Bang Elementary School Art Club’s ornament is painted yellow and green and features a string of lights and the school name and mascot. The light themselves are fingerprints from the participating students. The ornament will represent Texas District 135 on the 2019 Christmas tree on display at the State Capitol from Nov. 29 through Jan. 2.
The Bang Elementary School Art Club’s ornament is painted yellow and green and features a string of lights and the school name and mascot. The light themselves are fingerprints from the participating students. The ornament will represent Texas District 135 on the 2019 Christmas tree on display at the State Capitol from Nov. 29 through Jan. 2.

Rosenthal and his office partnered with the Cy-Fair American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to identify a quality art program. Angel Latchley, Bang’s art teacher and club sponsor, was highly recommended.

“We love the Bang Bears, so when their fifth grade Art Club could decorate our ornament on short notice, we were thrilled with the outcome,” Rosenthal said. “They are such a talented club.”

Club members who took part in the project were Jacob Arellano, John Bentley, William Brady, Emily Duran, Valeria Fonseca, Kaycee Liwanag, Isabella Lopez, Sara Quach, Devin Ruley, Isaias Vargas and Gavin Welch.

Latchley said the students were quickly on board when she presented them with the opportunity.

“Most of them are excited about art because it’s what their extracurricular activity is, so they’re excited about anything that’s art,” she said. “When I told them it was going to be on the Christmas tree at the State Capitol, they were all for it.”

Rep. Jon Rosenthal, right, and his wife, Aminta, showcase the ornament selected to represent Texas District 135 on the 2019 Christmas tree at the State Capitol from Nov. 29 through Jan. 2.Rep. Jon Rosenthal, right, and his wife, Aminta, showcase the ornament selected to represent Texas District 135 on the 2019 Christmas tree at the State Capitol from Nov. 29 through Jan. 2.

The ornament is painted yellow and green for the school’s colors and features a string of lights and the school name and mascot. The light themselves are personalized, as each is actually a fingerprint from a participating student.

“They had a good time and they were interested in what we were doing,” Latchley said. “Each took time to put their fingerprint on it so they got a blast out of that. They pretty much put a stamp of themselves on the ornament.”

All 150 ornaments will be on display during the holiday season, which runs from Nov. 29 through Jan. 2.

“It is absolutely amazing, and I couldn’t stop smiling,” Bang Principal Erwann Wilson said. “This just shows our state pride and Bear pride.”

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