Students in Moundsville learned a unique lesson Tuesday, but not one that can be taught in a traditional classroom setting.

At Moundsville Middle School, students and staff are helping members of Appalachian Outreach Incorporated prepare for Christmas.

They’re putting together gift baskets full of items like soap and shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and more. Not having those necessities is something thousands of people across West Virginia face, and with the help from the students and the Leo Club, the Christmas season will be a lot brighter for many families.

“We have the students volunteering here, their time during their phys. ed. classes and health classes to wrap Christmas presents here for Appalachian Outreach,” said Moundsville Middle School teacher, Mike Sforza.

Members with Appalachian Outreach Inc. reached out to the faculty at the school to see if they could come in and teach students about community service and giving back.

Over the course of the day Tuesday, students prepared 5,000 bags of gifts to be delivered to people over the holiday season. “The junior high has volunteered, the school has been gracious to allow us to use their gymnasium to set up the tables and they’re doing an assembly lines. We’re doing packing and wrapping today,” said Appalachian Outreach Co-Founder, Diane Reinke.

Appalachian Outreach services those in need in 30 counties across the state. Reinke said she will start to personally deliver the Christmas gifts the first two weekends of December.

Appalachian Outreach is always looking for people to get involved and volunteer their time. For more information you can visit: