CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Local students are learning a lesson about kindness in a different way.
They’ve adopted a group of soldiers in Afghanistan and they’re seeing to it the men and women a world away know they’re remembered here at home.
So, some of the kindergartners at Reedy Creek Elementary School made bald eagles to send to the soldiers.
Each eagle has a special note from a student.
One of the students, Delante McDonald, read his note out loud.
"Thank you. You keep the world safe. Thank you. Love, Delante," McDonald wrote.
With each thank you note, there was a little bottle of hand sanitizer because, as student Dejane Cade pointed out, “They [soldiers] don't really carry sinks with them.”
“If they go on a hunt, and they don't have a sink, they can use this hand sanitizer,” McDonald added.
But at the end of the day, it’s about more than the cute little eagles the students made or the hand sanitizer.
They’re learning an important lesson about being kind to others that ties in with the message of Rachel’s Challenge.
"This is a great opportunity for them to participate in showing kindness and compassion,” said Krista Moore, a teacher at Reedy Creek Elementary.
Students are learning that compassion can be found in a simple gesture.
"It's special because it comes from my heart and I really like it,” said Cade.
And the soldiers will, too.