This week, Minnesota elementary school teacher Judie Offerdahl took the opportunity to turn Blair Walsh’s shank into a lesson about empathy for her kids. The first-graders at Northpoint Elementary School in Blaine wrote some pretty adorable letters to the Vikings kicker.

The Star Tribune has video of a few students reading their letters out loud, which you should watch, but here are a couple of them:

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Dear Blair Walsh,

You are the best player in the unverse. Evryone makes mistakes you’re team still apreciates you! I know you’ll help the Vikings next time.

For Blair Walsh. Keep on trying. Puppys are cute. [Drawing of two puppies with thought balloons filled with hearts]

You are handsome. Don’t worry. It’s just a game.

Dear Blair Walsh,

I know that it can be hard to get through things that make you sad, but you have to try and try again. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. One time I made a mistake when I was doing a cartwheel. I felt embarrassed. But you can still help the Vikings win the Super Bowl next year.

Your fan,

Sophia

P.S. You are the best kicker that I know.

P.P.S. I hope you win the Super Bowl this year.

P.P.P.S. I am really a big fan of you.

P.P.P.P.S. I love the Vikings.

[Star Tribune]

H/t to Mike


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