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Students celebrate and learn about the legacy of Rod Serling

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Helen Foley Theatre was packed Wednesday as fifth graders from across the Binghamton City School District gathered to learn about local legend Rod Serling.

“We show pictures of him at home, things that you would never really see on television. They have a great time, we have every fifth grader in the district here and it’s a very much anticipated event here in the district,” said Coordinator of Special Events and Theater for the Rod Serling School of the Arts Lawrence Kassan.

Serling’s daughter, Anne, shared stories about who her father was. Educators want students to take away how to be creative, stand up for what they believe in, and most importantly:

“You could have the special effects, you could have all of the gifts, you know, all the bells and whistles and all the computerized effects. But you have to have a good story. None of that helps unless you have a good story, and Rod Serling was a story-teller,” said Kassan.

That was the other unique part of this event: students did create their own stories that they’re passionate about and presented them to the audience.

“People are on their phone and PlayStation, playing Fortnite. They don’t have enough exercise and stuff to go outside,” said fifth grader and story-writer Kelvin Cotto.

Allowing students to be creative and chase their dreams, no matter what they are.

“I wanna be a wrestler, like WWE,” said Cotto.

Rod Serling got his legacy started at Binghamton High School and moved on to inspire thousands with his different pieces of work. On Rod Serling Day, students in the present day remember his legacy and draw their own inspiration from it.

Damon Matson

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