Students at St. James Episcopal Day School took time in December to carry out a schoolwide outreach project to benefit other schools.

From Dec. 4-15, every grade had a collection box placed outside the classroom where students were able to deposit new and gently used books to replace those lost at Gonzales Primary School in the flooding of August 2016. Every box was overflowing at the project’s end, totaling 50 boxes of books.

At the conclusion of the project, fifth-grade students helped load the boxes of books, which were delivered by Outreach Committee members to Gonzales Primary for its classroom libraries.

All classrooms also received a jar to collect cash, coins and checks for Emmanuel Episcopal School in Houston, Texas. The students raised nearly $1,000 for Emmanuel.

St. James’s Outreach Committee consists of teachers, administrators and day school parents who plan two to four projects throughout the year for a number of causes.

“I am always blown away by the support of our community. The outreach projects are an integral part of the life of a St. James student,” said Helen Butts, marketing director and an Outreach Committee member.