LA CROSSE, WI (WKBT) -

One La Crosse church is getting involved in a community discussion about compassion this weekend.

More than 6,000 students in La Crosse's schools are creating their own canvas tile to depict what compassion means to them.

Sunday, the First Congregational Church invited the public to take part and make their own compassion tiles at a workshop. Paints, art supplies and food were provided to those who attended.

Event participants say it's a way to express your own view of compassion, and its importance in our community. 

"It's cool because you kind of express what compassion means to you, and you can kind of see everything of what other people think about compassion and what it means to them,” said church member Evan Kyte. “It's cool seeing everything coming together and everybody's ideas.”

If you're interested in taking part, you can buy a tile for $3 from the workshop and work on it at home. Church officials ask that you return your tile by the end of February.

The tiles will be put on display in the First Congregational Community Room during Lent.