ATHENS - Families packed Lynch-Bustin Elementary School Friday evening for a fun-filled night of art, games and food.

The annual Family Fun Night brings families to the school after hours for crafts, an art show with student artwork, games in the gym, food and family activities. This year's event had a theme of "In the Wild," with depictions of monsters, beasts and other creatures covering the school's halls.

The annual art night brings parents and children together for a night of creative fun, said art teacher Lynn Rosenberger.

Volunteers helped children make crafts at several stations around the school. Families made monster hats from construction paper and pipe cleaners, drew monsters out of paper lunch bags and made bracelets.

The event also includes a large art project each year that is later donated to the community. Rosenberger hopes to send this year's batch of student artwork to Guthrie, she said.

The project is a good way to "incorporate community service with families," Rosenberger said.

Many parents and teachers also assist with the event, helping each year with crafts and games. Students from Mansfield University's art education program also helped to set up the event and lead crafts, Rosenberger said.

Rosenberger's student teacher, Kate Warner of Mansfield University, taught many of the lessons that led to students' art projects. Many of the projects also included writing exercises, tying art in with students' core subjects, Rosenberger said.

"The kids have been working so hard," she said. "I'm pleased with the outcome."

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