HUBBARD - There are a few new additions to Hubbard Roosevelt Elementary School.
Twelve Minion characters from the "Despicable Me" animated films have found homes throughout the school.
Hubbard High School art students created the 3- to 5 1/2-foot-tall Minions, which are in the office, library, hallway and other rooms of Roosevelt School.
High school art teacher Josh Macmillan said his 10th to 12th grade advanced art classes spent five weeks creating the 12 Minions using paper mache, which is an inexpensive material for sculpture.
"The students suggested making something for the elementary school and after throwing around different ideas, it was suggested we make Minions from the movie that came out this summer," he said.
"Trying to find 12 characters from a movie can be hard. I remember seeing the movie and how there are hundreds of Minions in the movie," Macmillan said.
Each group worked on a different Minion, making them all different.
Sketches were done on poster board and cylinders were stuffed with newspapers. Styrofoam and tubing were used for the bodies and feet.
"It was a team effort. Between the kids, parents and myself, we were able to get materials to create the Minions," Macmillan said.
Macmillan said the high school students worked with the first- to fourth-grade students in Roosevelt School art teacher Barb Toth's classes.
Toth said there was a drawing contest for her students connected with the high school project.
Toth said her students created posters and drawings about the Minions. Contest winners for the four grades were selected last month, with prizes presented on Halloween.
The Minions were put up in October and the public saw them on Family Night and at Halloween festivities at Roosevelt
"They have really become conversation pieces even for those adults who stop in the office," said Roosevelt Principal Ray Soloman.
William Young, supervisor of curriculum and instruction with the department at Trumbull County Educational Service Center, said he saw the unique collaborative learning project that involved students in various grades.
"It was truly engaging and meaningful for all students involved," Young said.
Soloman said the Minions created were very well done by the high school students, crediting their artistic ability.
"The collaboration we have built now being on one large campus allows the schools to do projects like this. We didn't have this opportunity before," Soloman said, noting previously the elementary school was blocks away from the high school.
Soloman said the work showcases all the students' artistic abilities.
Macmillan said students, their families and others contributed items for the effort. He said his mother-in-law Sandy Moss made the knit hats for each Minion.
Macmillan and Toth said they plan to collaborate on other art projects in the different grades and plan to make the activity and annual event.
"Many of the high school students have younger brothers or sisters or neighbors who saw the movie," Macmillan said.
Toth said the elementary students were thrilled with the additions.
"The students did not expect them to be so big and so lifelike," Toth said.
Plans are to use the Minions during art shows and other school functions and events to have them hold signs giving directions.
Students liked the completed project.
Briana Scarmack, a fourth-grader, said when she first saw them, she thought "they were really cool."
Catie Herberger, a fourth-grader, said she liked the one dressed as Batman by the art room.