SPARTANBURG Co., S.C. (WSPA) — An Upstate elementary school is reaching out to the community in a big way this week.

Cannons Elementary School students are giving their time and talents to bring joy to the homeless, sick children and older adults in Spartanburg County.

Kindergarten, first and fourth grade students joined forces to create gifts and perform to show compassion for others.  

Compassion and thinking of others are themes Principal Elizabeth Phillips is working with in Spartanburg County School District 3. 

Fourth grade students created blessing backpacks, filled with hygiene items to give to the homeless at Spartanburg Homeless Coalition. 

Kindergarten students made care packages for children with cancer at Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas. The packs will be distributed to children receiving chemo therapy treatments. 

First grade students also made flowers, cards and put on a performance at Magnolia Manor in Spartanburg.  

“Its because we want to show some love for them,” said kindergarten student Cason Holt

“They’ve all gotten involved, been compassionate — everyone up to 5th grade and each grade level chose something different, a different aspect of the community to serve which has been great because kids got to come up with ideas on their own,” Principal Elizabeth Phillips said.