At the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, North Carolina, five unique Christmas trees are decked out to the nines. One local woman had an idea to make one of the five Christmas trees extra special this year. Here name is Sue Etheridge, and she is an art therapy teacher who has worked in prisons for 30 years. Etheridge currently works at North Carolina’s Central Prison, teaching art therapy to those who are in the hospital receiving mental health treatment. About six months ago, Etheridge had an idea to get her students’ artwork in Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Mansion. Her idea for a Christmas tree was approved and now, about 200 ornaments created by offenders hang in the governor’s home. “They were just so honored,” Etheridge said of her students. “But then they were making a few jokes. Like, I said, ‘Well what would you like to say to the governor if you could say something?’ And one person said, ‘Pardon me.'” CBS News met Etheridge at the Executive Mansion where she couldn’t stop “puttering” around the tree. She is proud of her students work — many of whom have overcome the odds to create this art. “Since we’re in a psychiatric… Read full this story
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