First Lady Debbie M. Remengesau and the Ministers’ spouses in partnership with the Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs and the Ministry of Education successfully hosts the 5th annual and final Elementary School Christmas Tree Contest under the Remengesau Administration.

On Dec. 16, fifteen (15) public and private elementary schools submitted their creative Christmas tree designs for judging by a panel of six that included representatives from the Palau Visitors’ Authority,Palau Conservation Society, Palau Community Action Agency and the Palau National Olympic Committee. The designs were judged based on three categories: use of overall concept and presentation, decoration and creativity of the contest’s theme of “Year of Environmental Action: To Protect the Nest of Life”. All Christmas tree designs submitted were created using natural materials, plants and recyclable items.

Results will be tallied over the next couple of days and winners will be announced and awarded before the year ends. The first place winner will be awarded with $1,000 cash prize, $700 for second place, $500 cash for third place and $300 cash for fourth place.

First Lady Remengesau and the Ministers’ Spouses takes this opportunity to thank all partner Ministries, government agencies and departments, and most especially, all participating schools for their commitment and support of this program over the past 5 years. The objective of the program was to develop an activity to stimulate our young children’s artistic expression while also inspiring creative arts and promoting the creative use of national and recyclable materials.  Each year the program receives unique, innovative and beautifully designed Christmas trees and decorations and this year was no exception.

All Christmas trees will be displayed at various government offices for the public to enjoy.

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