(WBNG) -- Middle school students in our area are stepping up to help out the animals in Australia who have been affected by the wildfires.
6th graders at Chenango Valley Middle School have been staying after school to sew pouches for orphaned animals.
The student's teacher, Carrie Vesci, helped the students who are trying to make a difference for the animals in need.
The students say they are making the pouches so the animals may live.
"We're making these little pouches for marsupials that don't have moms anymore because they tragically died in the fires," said Abby Cron, a student.
"The babies will die if they don't have their pouch," she said.
Vesci says more than one hundred students have given up their own after-school time to help sew the pouches.