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RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- It's not just about reading and writing at Tabernacle Elementary School in Randolph County. Second-grade teacher Britney Fulp is helping the youngsters become better people.

"Character is so important because if you don't have good character, you won't get very far," Fulp said.

The group is learning about empathy. Fulp says it's a lesson that second-grader Sarah Reeder fully embraced.

"She told me her idea. She explained it and I said, 'OK, let's run with this,'" Fulp said.

Sarah's idea: collect clothes, food, shoes and toys and send it to West Virginia where they are still recovering from summer flooding. Sarah's note, asking for donations, went home with all second-graders.

"We had parents bringing bags of clothes, very exciting," Fulp said.

Sarah couldn't believe her friends collected enough items to fill nine large bags and two boxes.

"I'm very, very, very happy," she said.

Of course Sarah's mom, Tracey Reeder, is impressed by her daughter's leadership and compassion.

"I am very proud of her. Something my husband and I tried to instill in her and her sister since they were little," Reeder said.