Published: Dec 16, 2010 12:52 AM EST
Updated: Dec 15, 2010 7:16 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- With a snip here...and a knot there...one group of high school students are hoping to make the winter a little warmer for Lee County's homeless.

"They need blankets, too. Instead of just a jacket. It's something they can curl up to over the holidays," South Fort Myers High School senior Auroura Simon said during class Wednesday.

The South Fort Myers High Service Learning class is making about 40 fleece blankets. Gina Sabiston's class is the first of its kind in the state, integrating a community need into the curriculum.

"The goal is by the end of the class they see that they can make a difference in the world. And that if you see something that needs change, you can go out there and make a difference," Sabiston said.

Two students came up with the idea to make the blankets on Monday, when temperatures dipped.

"I hadn't thought of this idea. I was thinking lets collect coats for the homeless. And then the kids said no, no, no. Let's take it a step further, let's make some blankets," Sabiston said Wednesday.

With some legwork and a lot of love, this week's assignment looks to be a success...but Sabiston hopes the lesson plan of compassion sticks with her students long after class is complete.

"Hopefully, they will carry this with them through their whole lives and it won't just end with this class," Sabiston said.

The students want to continue their crafting after the holidays. They plan to sell hand-made South Fort Myers Wolfpack blankets to students and staffers to raise money for charities.