LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

School supplies that would've been trashed will be put to use at a local middle school. That's thanks to the work of a group of UW-La Crosse students.

A class assignment directed the young adults to put together a unique compassion project.

One group collected things like pens, binders, and notebooks from their fellow students to donate to Longfellow Middle School.

And they got quite the haul. Nine full boxes and several bags will help the middle school students.

"We collected all the school supplies that we figured college students were just going to throw away anyways. Bring them to Longfellow cause that's where I did my clinical work this semester, so I thought I'd give back to the school," said UW-L student Megan Miner.

"What an amazing project and what an act of compassion by Megan and her friends," said Longfellow Associate Principal Jon Baudek.

The associate principal says about half of the students at Longfellow live in poverty so the supplies will quickly get put to good use.