Happy Days Preschool students pose for a picture with Santa Claus and the Christmas tree at Zions Bank. [Courtesy photo]

Students from Happy Days Preschool in Moab shared in a longtime community tradition, creating handmade ornaments and decorating Zions Bank’s Christmas tree. In return, the students received a cash donation for their school. 

Preschoolers from Happy Days Preschool decorated the tree inside Zions Bank’s Moab branch on Dec. 7, as part of the “Lights On” ceremony. The students also received a special visit from Santa Claus, who helped with the tree-lighting countdown.

Zions Bank presented a contribution of $100 to the school.

Throughout Utah, elementary school students participated in the annual “Lights On” tree-trimming tradition by making colorful decorations for Christmas trees in the lobby of each Zions Bank branch. 

“We love this annual tradition because it gets us into the holiday spirit and celebrates the true spirit of the season, which is giving,” said Chantell Noyes, manager of Zions Bank’s Moab branch. “We’re proud to support Happy Days Preschool through our donation.”

Dozens of Utah and Idaho elementary schools participated in Zions Bank’s “Lights On” holiday celebrations this year.  In addition, a number of Zions Bank offices have invited students from special-needs classes and Title 1 schools to decorate the trees in their lobbies. Zions Bank has been inviting students to participate in this annual holiday event for 48 years.

Children deck the halls at Zions Bank