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SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Students at Highland Elementary School in Sylvania are learning about empathy. Their teacher wants them to understand what it's like to ‘walk in someone else's shoes.'

The students are making loom bracelets in an effort to put smiles on the faces of patients at Toledo Children's Hospital.

"It's key to have that sense of empathy," said Andrea Hoffman, a counselor. "It helps you get along and build relationships."

As part of a school project, Hoffman decided to reach out to students to see if they wanted to help others feel better. That's how Looms of Love Bracelets began.

Hoffman says making the bracelets is a huge trend among the students. She says the life lesson the children are learning, and the excitement they have in giving to others has been a touching experience.

"They struggled with the idea of empathy," she said. "So I'm trying to have them do things that help them understand. I think this is one thing that's tying in really well, doing something for someone else who doesn't feel good. It helps them to feel better, and if I were sick, it would make me feel better."

Students will continue their effort this week. So far, they've made close to 1,000 bracelets. They will soon be delivered to patients.

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