Students help raise money with Festival of Trees

BALTIMORE - Students at Kennedy Krieger High School are working hard preparing for the annual Festival of Trees.  The students are making wooden trees filled  with lights for the event.

Students have made 75 trees that will be sold at the Kennedy Krieger Institutes Festival of Trees.

"We want them to take away a sense of pride.  Students have worked on these projects since the beginning of the school year so for two months they worked really hard and we want them to take that with them," said Lionel Matthews, Teacher at Kennedy Krieger High School.

Students are using a work based learning class to help prepare for the event. Kennedy Krieger Institute improves the lives of children with developmental disabilities serving thousands of kids each year.

The Festival of Trees is Kennedy Krieger Institutes largest fundraiser.  The money raised from this event supports the children and families of Kennedy Krieger Institute.

More than 50,000 people attend the event each year.  There are 600 Christmas Trees, Gingerbread Houses and Santa on hand.  It's an event for the whole family.

Students have the chance to help themselves.

"It feels amazing to help out.  It's something I can do to help the school to give something back," said Ian Fontaine, 11th grader at Kennedy Krieger High School.

The Festival of Trees runs Friday November 23rd to Sunday November 25th.  The doors open to the public on Friday at 10am.  The event will be held at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

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