Students in eighth grade at St. Martha School in Enfield learned about the Polish tradition of creating a szopka, or elaborate Nativity scene, which orginated in Cracow in the Middle Ages as a type of puppet theater used to tell stories with a moral.
After studying the cultural importance of the elaborate structures, the students built them in their art class. Their finished masterpieces were on display at the Polish Home of Hartford at the end of November.
Pictured from left are Matthew Emerson, Jacki Beaulieu, Antony Auzina, Stephen Rougeot, Jamie Gugliotti and Kaileigh Leduc.(Photo submitted)