A group of fifth-grade students at Dr. Bryan C. Jack Elementary School is doing its part to help keep people warm this winter.

The fifth-graders chose "Warm-Up Tyler" as its service project, tasking the students with making and collecting blankets for the nonprofit organization My Brother's Keeper.

Fifth-grade teacher Monica Miller expects the class will deliver about 100 blankets to the agency, which provides meals and necessities to homeless and at-risk individuals.

"We wanted to give them something unique and that they may not have done before," Miller said.

In all, about 150 students have given up their recess time over the past few weeks to participate.

The students made the blankets by cutting strips of fleece into pieces and then tying them together.

"My favorite part is being able to be included in this and knowing it will all go to good use," Angelina Bondarenko, 10, said.

Classmate Aiden Haney, 10, said the project has been a lot of fun. He enjoyed learning new things, such as how to tie off the blankets.

Soraya Washington, 10, was glad she could help people who can't afford to buy new blankets.

She and Kamoria Reese, 10, loved how great the blankets turned out.

"I like the detail and how beautiful it is when you finish it," Kamoria said.

Parents also got involved by joining their students in the afternoon to help.

Camesa Porter said she and her daughter, Jakalen Wynne, 10, had worked on similar projects at church and was pleased when the school announced the service initiative.

Once the students finish, the blankets will be handed off to My Brother's Keeper and distributed to those in need.

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Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on The Murder Tapes, Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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