The Renaissance Club at Grove City High School is making sure U.S. troops aren't left out during the holidays.

The Renaissance Club at Grove City High School is making sure U.S. troops aren't left out during the holidays.

The club is sponsoring a "Holidays for the Heroes" campaign to collect products for troops stationed in Afghanistan.

Beginning Nov. 28, students will assemble shoeboxes, each containing eight items for the troops. About 11 homerooms will participate. The class that brings in the most shoe boxes will win a pizza party. The project will run until Dec. 16.

"It's really important for kids to see the importance of working together for a good cause," said club adviser Rebecca White.

Megan Smith, a social studies teacher, said she came up with the idea because her husband is good friends with a Marine stationed in Afghanistan. The collected items will be shipped to the Marine, who is in charge of distributing items to the troops stationed there.

"I thought this would be a good opportunity to get all the kids involved," Smith said.

White said she would like to see the school assemble 500 to 1,000 shoeboxes. The club is spreading the word throughout the school and making posters to promote the effort. The high school's news team is doing a story on the project.

The Renaissance Club recently enjoyed a renaissance of its own. The club, inactive in past years, now has about 50 members, White said.

"This was one of the things that we decided to work on this year," she said.

The club is an in-school and out of school service program that promotes leadership and teamwork. The students involved already have participated in several projects. Among them was a fundraiser for Joplin High School in Missouri, which was devastated by a tornado in May.

Club members also assist with a parent teacher conference night and provide bulletin boards around the school.