Many students wonder if they ever will put into practice what they learn in the classroom.

An American Heritage class at Brigham Young University has decided to do just that, with the hope that what is put into practice will benefit needy families in the area.Michael Schreck, a teaching assistant for the class, said he and other students have helped organize a benefit "soc-hop/party" in the Center Courts of the Smith Fieldhouse tonight.

All proceeds will go to 28 local families through programs to help the needy at Christmas.

"Students volunteered time to meet with these families and supply them with necessities (food and clothing) during the holiday season," Schreck said. "We had more volunteers than we could accommodate."

The idea began when BYU history professor Frank W. Fox gave a lecture focusing on economic injustice in the United States.

After discussing the concept more in depth with students, Schreck said students were "sincerely moved to make a difference."

The dance will last from 8 to 11 p.m. and will feature door prizes, T-shirts and drawings. The BYU Hosting Center will have representatives at the door collecting donations.

The BYU-Arizona State basketball game will be broadcast on a big-screen television as part of the party festivities.

Anyone who cannot attend but wants to contribute can contact the American heritage department, 378-6076.