Published: Dec 06, 2010 8:45 PM EST
Updated: Dec 03, 2010 8:00 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Some students at Cape Coral High are a bit unfashionable these days... on purpose.

They held their annual "Ugly Sweater Day" to raise money for families in need in the high school community. They did this by wearing (sometimes) garish holiday sweaters. Then the kids vote on the most outlandish sweater by throwing their spare change in jars. The student with the ugliest sweater wins some prizes, such as gift cards to local restaurants.

It's been an annual tradition for quite some time and the idea of helping other families at the high school was started more than 30 years ago.

Teacher Andrew Gascon, who helped organize this year's event (and who wore an appropriate sweater and hat), says the students are dedicated to helping others and seemed to enjoy participating. "Our student government is donating money for each student who is dressed up," says Gascon, "it's turned out to be a very big win-win situation for everyone involved."

The money raised goes toward buying food and gifts for families to enjoy during the holidays.