“My mom wants this,” Lauren said of the students’ tree.
A couple of the ornaments are the work of an Italian artisan.
Margherita Tibaldo, 17, is an exchange student from Italy whose ornaments include a rose in bloom and an abstract image of an eye.
“I’ve never done these things before,” she said. “It’s exciting.”
The students like the idea the community will see their work at the festival.
“I think this is a very unique opportunity for our artwork,” senior Sophie Rosselli said. “It will be given away and displayed. People will actually want our artwork,.”
Sophie is impressed by the diversity of art.
“There are a lot more besides these,” she said, gesturing toward a table covered with dozens of ornaments.
Norton said the ornaments include ceramics, drawings and sculpture.
“We wanted to cover the whole gamut,” he said.
There are origami cranes — paper art pieces.
Sophie expects the winner will have many years of enjoyment from their ornaments.
“These will last a while,” she said. “Artwork is forever.”
Pelham Community Spirit volunteer Charlene Takesian extended the invitation to the students after seeing some of them winning awards last school year.
“I’m so excited that the kids are doing this,” she said. “This tree will be priceless.”
The fifth Southern New Hampshire Festival of Trees opens Friday and continues through Dec. 7 in Sherburne Hall at Town Hall, 6 Village Green.
Brenda Eaves, president of the civic group, said it is Pelham Community Spirit’s main fundraiser for the year.
The group organizes summer concerts, the Fourth of July celebration, helps troops with care packages, funds scholarships and supports other community causes.
Admission to the festival is $5 for adults, free for children 12 and younger.
A highlight is the raffle, which also includes wreaths and gingerbread houses.
There are performances by local groups, including the St. Patrick’s Church choir and Pelham Memorial School chorus and band, as well as a visit by Santa.
Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.
For more information, including performance times, visit snhfestivaloftrees.pelhamcommunityspirit.org.