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EDMOND, Okla. - Students at Deer Creek Middle School are getting a lesson in civic duty and sacrifice this week.

They are collecting items to put in care packages for troops overseas.

"We are partnered with the Hugs Project and they will take our items and then send them to the troops overseas," history teacher Shareen Smith said.

The Hugs Project sends about 5,000 care packages to troops every holiday season.

Teachers said this made the organization the perfect partner for Deer Creek's annual veterans' day assembly.

"Part of our theme this year is developing character and that's one of the things we want to emphasize with our students is how do we build character and how do we develop character," Principal Reuben Bellows said.

About 750 students attend Deer Creek Middle School and the school is already seeing the donations come in.

"I had one student come up with her handful of stuff and ready to give, and  wanted to take it right then, actually," said Bellows.

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