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St. Kateri third grade students share family-decorated Christmas trees

Posted at: 12/11/2012 12:12 PM
Updated at: 12/11/2012 4:10 PM

It’s a sign of the season at one local Catholic elementary school when the third graders bring in a Christmas tree they've decorated with their families. This is the fifth year for this tradition.

The kids are encouraged to decorate with home-made ornaments and to get all family members involved in the project.

News10NBC met one young man whose grandmother immigrated to the United States and knew nothing about Christmas or decorating trees. One of the first gifts she was given was Christmas ornaments.

William Colombo said, “These ornaments are from a church. They were given to my grandmother when she came from Cambodia and they're really special to my family because they were given to my grandmother who had nothing."

This is a big week at St. Kateri, which is the former Christ the King school in Irondequoit. Administrators are hoping Wednesday’s “ROC The Day” event will help bring in lots of community donations to pay for new technology, after school programs and tuition assistance.

To learn more about Roc The Day, click here.