Each year Saint James School middle school students participate in the annual Szopka (Polish Creche) Competition sponsored by the Polish Cultural Club of Greater Hartford. In this contest, students transform everyday items – bottles, paper tubes, boxes – into a “palace” befitting the birth of Jesus. Participation in the contest is required for students in grade 6 and optional for 7th and 8th graders.
Today, students participating in the competition listened to a guest speaker – Mr. Marek Czarnecki – talk about the meaning of the Szopka, the history of Szopka making, and the general rules for the contest.
For parents of participating students – please note, students must drop off their Szopka entry the Saturday after Thanksgiving between 10:30am and 2:30pm at the Polish National Home in Hartford. The festival takes place the following day – Sunday, December 1st – beginning at 9:30am, with awards being given out around 2:00pm.
For additional information and contest rules, please visit the Polish Cultural Club’s Website by clicking here.