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First graders send letters of support to Vikings kicker

By Al Buczkowski, 01/14/16, 9:45AM CST


A missed kick is turned into a lesson in empathy

A great story out of Blaine, MN.

After Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a potential game winning 27-yard field goal in his team's Wild Card game with Seattle, first grade teacher Judie Offerdahl decided it was a great opportunity for a lesson in empathy.

“I knew that Mr. Walsh probably felt horrible about it,” Offerdahl told the Star Tribune. “I also knew it would be a good teachable moment for the kids.”

So she had her students write letters of encouragement to the reeling kicker. The results, as you might imagine, were pretty darn adorable. 

See the whole story, complete with video of some of the students reading their letters, here.

Image: Matthew Deery [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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