by Danielle Wagner
WATERLOO (KWWL) Painting crosses for Lutherans for Life, making cards for our troops and putting together sacks of candy.
Students at Immanuel Lutheran School participated in a special day of service. The projects are part of a larger theme for the school year.
"The theme for our school year is building each other up to prepare each other for service and to build up the body of Christ and we thought it would be important to help our students think about other and think outside of themselves," said teacher LaDonna Peterson.
The students spent about 30 minutes of their school day giving back to the community and beyond.
"As a part of being a Christian it's showing our love for them and plus just as a normal person it's kind of like the right thing to do to show our love for them," said eighth grader Shelby Warner.
"I think in today's world people have become focused on themselves and trying to get ahead for themselves and not thinking about how they can brighten somebody's day and it can be so simple. Just a note of encouragement to build them up," said Peterson.
Immanuel Lutheran School has about 150 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. For the service projects the students are divided into "chapel families." The chapel families combine students of all grade levels together.
"The older students seem to shepherd the younger students and help them participate in the activity and that's what we're hoping for too that they build each other up as school."
Immanuel Lutheran students plan to do another service day in the spring.
Reporter: Danielle Wagner