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Students from 25 Northeast Pennsylvan­ia schools showed off their decorating skills in the inaugural Electric City Trim a Tree Challenge, and they need the public’s votes to help them win the contest.

Following the theme “Christmas Carols,” schools and their art teachers decorated a tree on display at Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., for a chance to nab the prize, a $250 gift card to A.C. Moore that they could put toward much-needed art supplies.

The “multi-layered program” teaches students project skills and gives them a sense of pride, said Maureen McGuigan, Lackawanna County’s deputy director of arts and culture.

“I think any time you’re being creative, that’s just a great thing for kids,” she said. “But then also to have it displayed in a public place is an extra benefit, that their work is now part of a big community event where lots of people are seeing it.”

The museum hosted the annual Festival of Trees until two years ago, and Ms. McGuigan said a staffer suggested offering this contest as a way to keep the holiday atmosphere going at the museum in the festival’s absence. The museum provided the trees and theme, and the kids took it from there, focusing on tunes ranging from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to “Mele Kalikimaka” and creating ornaments from materials such as plastic cups and constructi­on paper.

As usual, the museum discounted admission to $3 during the holiday season, and kids under 3 get in for free. Guests can find the trees throughout the building and drop their votes for their favorites in a box there through Friday, Dec. 30. The display will remain up into January.

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