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3rd Grade Students Get "Monster" Of A Surprise

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

Surprise and excitement was all over the faces of 130 Chenango Valley 3rd graders on Thursday morning. At the third annual Monster mash reveal, those students got to see their drawings from the beginning of the school year really take shape.

Each student drew a monster of their own creation. McKenna Ruland says there was no inspiration, she just pulled the ideas out of her head and put them down on paper.

"There's no reason really why I made it, I like the spikes on it between the eyes," says Ruland.

Those drawings were handed off to high school art students who made 3D versions.

"They're really creative, so it's kind of fun to see what the kids come up with," says CV 11th grade student Kayla Ferris.

Ferris and her classmates molded the figures out of clay, fired them, and then decorated them with whatever worked.

"The kids embellished with all kinds of arms and eyeballs and tentacles, so we kind of try to mirror whatever we can in the drawings," says Andrew Fitzsimmons, the art teacher at the high school.

The elementary students were originally told only ten of their drawings would be turned into models, so seeing the table clothes come off, revealing all 130 monsters, was an added bonus for the day.

This collaboration between the elementary school and the high school has been going on for the past three years. Fitzsimmons says it's a way to get the younger students excited about art at a young age.

"I hope that I can be as good as this with my clay and drawing and stuff," says Josiah Boel, a 3rd grade student.

Of course, the smiles on the faces of the 3rd grade students also makes it all worth it.