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Large Mural Created Out of Chula Vista Student Photos

Montgomery Elementary School in Chula Vista is transforming its school with a mosaic of students and positive messages.

It's all part of the "Turnaround arts program," which uses the arts to build culture and community at schools across the country.

In Chula Vista, students were randomly picked to take a picture with a character trait they identified with and on Thursday, the black and white portraits were posted all over campus.

"School is the number one indicator for success for children, especially those that are marginalized," Principal Monica Ruiz said of the event. "Our Hispanic population and having that connection to school is extremely important for their academic success."

Montgomery Elementary was one of the 27 schools in California and over 80 nationwide selected as a "Turnaround Arts partner school."

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