Students at Bethel Lower Elementary are reaching out to help their fellow students states away.

Students at Bethel Lower Elementary are reaching out to help their fellow students states away.

The school is collaborating with Manners of the Heart by participating in “Project: to My Friend,” an outreach to students recently displaced by flooding in south Louisiana.

Principal Jenny Affentranger explained the project.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to put Manners of the Heart lessons, our respect-based, heart education, into action, allowing our students to experience how good it feels to serve others,” she said.

For the project, the students will each be filling decorated lunch sacks with toiletries, school supplies, sweet treats and a letter of compassion. 

These sacks will be delivered to students that have been relocated to other schools.

Affentranger said students will be told that many of the children affected by the floods have had to go to new schools because they've lost everything. That's why they need pencils and supplies to help get them ready for their new schools.

“I’m hoping our school of 317 students can serve 900 students in Louisiana,” she said. “It’s a very big goal, but one totally worth aiming toward.”

The students also will be writing letters of encouragement to send with the sacks and will include self-addressed envelopes so the child receiving the sack in Louisiana can write a “Thank you” note to the Bethel students.

The sacks and items are due back at the school by Sept. 19.