RULERS and pencils were the unorthodox decorations of choice when Hamilton Public School students decorated their entry for this year's Christmas Tree Carnival.
For the third year running, Hamilton Uniting Church has recruited local schools, businesses and community organisations to decorate a Christmas tree for their favourite charity.
The public is invited to judge the 14 trees on display at the church and vote for their favourite by giving a gold coin donation.
Year 2 students Billy West and Sophie Longobard were at the Christmas Tree Carnival decoration launch at Hamilton Uniting Church last week.
Billy said the students wanted their tree to represent their school and the charity they chose to support - Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.
The students cut out pictures of dogs and paw prints to hang from the tree, along with a bunch of pencils and a star made from rulers, which sits at the top.
Other entries include Beaumont Street Newsagency, which is raising money for the John Hunter Children's Hospital, and the Exchange Hotel, which is supporting the not-for-profit disability service Connectability.
■ Hamilton Uniting Church's Christmas Tree Carnival is open Tuesday to Thursday from 10am to 3pm, Fridays from 10am to 6pm and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm until Sunday, December 23.