Government Hill Elementary School and AT&T add festive glow to neighborhood
ANCHORAGE, AK, Nov. 22, 2011 — Students from Government Hill Elementary School will brighten the holidays for their friends, neighbors and the city when they join AT&T* in lighting a 157-foot holiday tree on top of AT&T's 250-foot communications tower.
The lighting of the tree, created from hundreds of multicolored bulbs, is set for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23—just in time to kick off the holiday season. This annual event is eagerly anticipated by Government Hill Elementary students, 14 of whom will be randomly selected to flip breaker switches to illuminate the tree.
"The students and staff at Government Hill Elementary School really look forward to this event as a great way to begin the holiday season," said Principal Brian Singleton.
The event will begin with a school assembly at which each student's name is placed in a bucket corresponding to the student's grade. Two students from each grade will be chosen randomly to be official tree-lighters. After the names are drawn, all students will make the short walk to the tower. Following spirited singing of time-honored holiday carols, the lucky 14 are given hardhats to wear and invited into a special area to flip the tree's light switches.
"AT&T is pleased to welcome the students of Government Hill Elementary, and to continue the tradition of our tree lighting ceremony marking the beginning of another joyous holiday season," said Shawn Uschmann, director of sales of AT&T Alaska.
The tree, designed and built by " employees, features 850 amber, yellow and green light bulbs. The annual tree-lighting is a 20-year tradition for AT&T and the Government Hill community.
For more information about AT&T, please visit http://www.att.com/alaska.