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Diocesan schools top Festival of Trees
| January 09, 2013
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NEW HAVEN—Each year the Knights of Columbus Museum invites area schoolchildren to craft ornaments and decorate one of its many Christmas trees. This year 24 Connecticut schools responded.

As part of its art instruction, a class from each school made Christmas tree decorations to complement the theme the museum’s annual Christmas crèche exhibit, which this year is Christmas in Canada. The students visited the museum to decorate the trees toward the end of November.

“The Christmas Tree Festival is a distinctive exhibit,” says Museum Director Larry Sowinski. “Each year, it showcases the knowledge and talents of our local schoolchildren and their teachers. It also unites us in a faith we hold in common with people in nations around the world.”

The honor of first-place in the judging was awarded to the tree decorated by students from St. Aloysius School in New Canaan. All Saints School students from Norwalk received second place; third place went to St. Bernadette School students from New Haven. Honorable mention went to students from St. Mark School in Stratford and St. Lawrence School in Shelton.

Winners receive a donation from the museum for educational supplies or equipment.

The decorated trees will be on display through February 3, and visitors are invited to cast their vote for the “People’s Choice” Christmas tree award.

Among other awards, St. Joseph School in Danbury was noted for its foil ornaments; St. Jude School, Monroe, for animal figurines; Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Stamford, for its work with felt ornaments; St. Theresa School, Trumbull, for its representation of Canada’s native environment; St. Catherine Academy, Fairfield, best use of Garland; St. Catherine of Siena School, Trumbull, for its stained glass ornaments; St. Ambrose School, Bridgeport, for its intricate snowflakes; and St. Ann School, Bridgeport, for clever ornaments fashioned from pipe cleaners.