As each student added a new piece to the project Tuesday, classmates cheered and applauded as 20 sticks of willow were transformed into a reindeer.
The Gardnerville Elementary fourth-graders were part of the Willow Reindeer Project where students create reindeer that are placed along Highway 395, and in front of businesses, state buildings or private residences from Gardnerville to Reno.
"As this is the 15th year, four governors have been in office," founder "Willow" Bill Goulardt said. "We are talking nearly 10 percent of Nevada's statehood has had these willow sculptures adorn the Capitol Building."
This year close to 800 …