SMYRNA, Ga. — A metro Atlanta elementary school is in the Can-A-Thon spirit with a creative challenge students are participating in. Russell Elementary in Smyrna is getting students to collect cans and also design artwork out of the cans by incorporating math and science into the process.

On our visit to the school, we saw cans organized outside of classrooms to represent the nutcracker, a snowman, a unicorn, a smiling emoji and so many others.

Inside Ms. Miller’s classroom, students shared how many cans it took to complete their decorations. The challenge is referred to as the "cans-struction stem challenge.

This is Russell Elementary’s seventh year collecting for Can-A-Thon. 

We asked students if they knew the purpose behind their efforts.

One student answered “It’s for the poor people to eat with the cans.” Another responded “We bring in cans so people can eat.”

Every can will go toward stocking up food pantries for those in need in metro Atlanta.

While their designs will be voted on, the students know it’s more than just a friendly competition.

“We didn’t care if we won or lost. It’s just how much fun we had,” a student shared.

The students’ designs will be judged on creativity, team work, along with math and science integration.