NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH) – The students at Hop Brook Elementary School in Naugatuck are getting into the holiday spirit — by giving back to their community.

The elementary school students stepped out of the classroom on Tuesday for an important lesson in helping others. The children formed a human chain from their school to the Ecumenical Food Bank of Naugatuck.

One by one, the students passed food items down the line to the doors of the food pantry.

“I think it’s absolutely wonderful. It’s good learning for the kids, and to be able to help, they know what it’s all about,” said Mary Fenton, president of the Ecumenical Food Bank.

Hop Brook Elementary School Principal Kathy Taylor said the students donated about 860 food items to the pantry.

This has become an annual event for Hop Brook Elementary School.

“Students have a great time. The staff and and parents come out and join us. I. It’s a great event to help out our Naugatuck community,” Taylor said.