Sometimes leaving the classroom can be the best education a student receives.

Comal ISD challenged students to collect items to make flood buckets to benefit those affected by Hurricane Harvey. A challenge they said will help teach students that a small gesture can be a huge help to someone in need.

“I can tell you that the lessons my kids are learning today are far more important than anything I am teaching in the classroom today,” said Mathematics teacher Peggy Blair who was pinnacle in organizing the district wide effort.

The more than 23,000 CISD have gathered items over the past week, and on Wednesday, helped to organize the items into 5-gallon buckets.

“They don’t have all this money to go to the stores, the stores are all empty, we give them all these cleaning supplies, so they are able to clean their own houses, and we give them work gloves so they can move branches and stuff,” Said Smithson Valley High School student James Guyon.

In the buckets were items like general cleaning supplies, sponges, rubber gloves, work gloves, clothes pins and bug spray; something Blair said is a really necessary item.

Guyon said the help many need extends beyond the rising waters.

“The aftermath of the flood, like after it recedes… No one really thinks about, like, the afterwards,” said Guyon. “Like all the cleaning up, they just think of the now.

The flood buckets will be distributed to Harvey victims in Houston and the coastal cities.

“Buckets will be shipped to some people who don’t even know they need them yet because they haven’t yet been allowed back into their homes,” Blair said.

Students said they now understand it is only the beginning for people who have to rebuild.

“I’m completely overwhelmed and overjoyed at the same time at the amount of work that has to be done, but the hearts of my kids and how full they are in donating their time and their service,” Blair said. “My prayers are with everyone in the region and we are going to help you as much as we can.”