For the past month, Top of Utah students in almost every grade and almost every school have been gathering items to give to those who are less fortunate.
Items include cash, food, coats, shoes, blankets, toys and hats.
"Our goal in doing the fundraising and service projects is to give back," said Jill Hess, marketing teacher and the student body adviser at Syracuse High School.
Those who receive the donations from students include individuals, families, groups and organizations.
"Service at Christmastime becomes a traditional way of experiencing the deeper meaning of the holiday season," said Box Elder Superintendent Ronald Wolff.
But the acts of service are not just for the holidays, he said. He sees acts of service happening every day, year-round, among individual students, educators and staff.
But this is the time of year when educators try to teach students to look outside of themselves.
"So many of these kids are asked what they want for Christmas, I just want them to focus on what they're giving," said second-grade teacher Janet Naegle at West Point Elementary.
West Point Elementary second-graders tied the fringes on more than 100 fleece blankets Thursday. The entire student body gathered spare change from home. All the cash and the blankets were donated to The Christmas Box.
Naegle said students realize what they do may easily have an impact on a child in their own classrooms.
"We have a little girl in our classroom who lived (at The Christmas Box House) for awhile until she was adopted," Naegle said.
Syracuse High School and Northridge High School chose a teacher to fundraise for who has touched many students' lives over the years.
Accounting teacher Christy Barnard, 39, has breast cancer. This summer the mother of two sons was told she was cancer-free, but then she had a seizure and tumors have been found in her brain, Hess said.
Barnard has taught accounting at Syracuse High since it opened and before that was at Northridge High School.
"The students just love her," Hess said.
Syracuse students as of Thursday raised more than $11,000 that will go toward Barnard's medical expenses.
Northridge High students have raised almost $5,000 as of Thursday and planned to raise additional funds at their boys' basketball game against Davis High School.
Northridge High School Principal John Haning said he's not surprised by the generosity of his students.
"It's amazing what they give," Haning said.
High schools just don't do one service project. School clubs and organizations also get into the act of giving.
Layton High School's chapter of Health Occupation Students of America gathered more than 3,000 items, including food, coats, scarves, hats, socks and gloves. Students then filled cars and trucks and delivered the items to the Family Connection Center's food bank in Layton.
Tavish Riley, a senior at Layton High School, is one of the 98 members of the organization.
It was his teacher, Shirlee Noble, who "made it fun" for the students to get motivated to gather donations.
Weber School District students also have been busy doing service projects.
T.H. Bell Junior High School students brought in canned goods and money, which was used to buy Walmart gift cards. Those items were donated to 10 families within the school's boundaries.
Snowcrest Junior High School collected winter clothing, which was donated to Youth Impact, a nonprofit organization.
Box Elder School District's students also found ways to give back to the community, Wolff said.
Mountain View Elementary students in Brigham City found a way to keep kids warm and provide books, Wolff said.
The school hosted a pajama drive. Students donated pajamas, and Scholastic, a company that provides books, made a book donation. Pajamas and books went to 80 children, he said.
Giving even when times are tough is a good lesson to learn, said Becky DeGroot, director for the Children at Risk Extended School Program at Whitesides Elementary School in Layton.
Students in her program were asked before Thanksgiving to donate a turkey, and parents received a waiver for tuition for December. The program collected 57 turkeys, which were donated to St. Anne's Center in Ogden.
"We are an at-risk school, but it's still important to learn there are some with much less than we have," DeGroot said.