Man dresses up as Elf-on-a-Shelf to surprise kids at elementary school

LAVALETTE, WV (NBC News) — It’s that time of year when many kids wake up to find out where their “Elf on a Shelf” is, and what it’s been up to overnight.

For the kids at Lavalette Elementary, they found a life-sized Elf on a Shelf perched on top of their school.

The bearded man, Shawn Adkins, was wearing the traditional elf uniform or red and white, and he said he’s been planning it for about a year now.

Despite it being cold up on the roof, the man said it was all worth it to see the kids’ faces.

“Big smiles. Most of them.. 95% of the kids were all smiles when they saw me on the roof. (covered) When I saw their jaws drop from the road as they were pulling down to get out of their cars,” said Adkins. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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