Lee County Students Create 61 Edison Ford Holiday Trees



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Wilson, Marketing & PR Director

Lee County Students Create 61 Edison Ford Holiday Trees

FORT MYERS, Fla. (November 30, 2015) -- Students from elementary, middle and high schools in Lee County have created hundreds of decorations for the annual Student Holiday Tree Trail at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. The exhibit will be on display through January 3, 2016 and is free to the public. 

Students and teachers created the ornaments with instructions to use recycled and weather-resistant materials in a tropical flowers theme. The result is almost 1,200 ornaments and mini-sculptures adorning a mixture of manufactured and 12-foot live red cedar trees. 

“This is the tenth anniversary of the Student Holiday Tree Trail, and it is apparent that the teachers, students and their families love this project,” says Karen Flanders, Art Teacher at Edison Park Elementary School for the Creative and Expressive Arts, who helped coordinate the show with Edison Ford CEO Chris Pendleton.  

The teachers each received a stipend from Edison & Ford Winter Estates and the George M. Cox Trust. During the opening night of the show, 3,000 attended and enjoyed free admission to Edison Ford Holiday Nights, music and cookies from Costco and Winn Dixie.

“It’s hard to top this project for STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics,” said Pendleton “the students are learning about science, technology and creating wonderful art pieces. The Lee Art Educators sponsored this project for 10 years and this year, several teachers from Charlotte County schools have joined.”  

The public is invited to come and vote for their favorite tree in the Elementary, Middle and High School categories and wander the tropical flower garden area, where students can learn more about science and gardening from the science labels and volunteers.

The exhibit is open 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and is free of charge. Tickets are available to see the lighted estates, museum and laboratory.

For more information about Holiday Nights, call 239-334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.



Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. In 2014 the Edison Botanical Laboratory was named a National Historic Chemical Landmark. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the website at www.EdisonFordWinterEstates.org.