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Washington Redskins player visits former school

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A Washington Redskins football player made a surprise visit to his old elementary school on Monday. It was a reward for the students following a school-wide lesson on kindness.

What's all the excitement about at Eagle Ridge Elementary? Redskins player Nick Sundberg once attended school there. Today, he's "filling a bucket" to make a point.

"Once upon a time I was sitting here just like you guys and wanted to play in the NFL someday and sure enough it worked out," Sundberg told the kids. "You've just got to continue to try, you've got to continue to practice your craft whatever it may be. Do all the things the right way."

Doing things the right way is essentially what this assembly was all about. The brainchild of Hillary Kaminsky, taken from a book called, "Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids."

"Instead of doing negative [things] don't bully, don't hit, don't do that. I wanted to send them positive messages of we can send kindness, compassion and helpfulness every day by filling other people's buckets," says Hillary Kaminsky.

When a student at Eagle Ridge performs a random act of kindness, the teacher puts some beans into the class bucket. Today, kids emptied their buckets, and they did it over and over again.

Sundberg was impressed with all the kindness.

"Never give up, never give up. It doesn't matter what you want to be, go do it," he advised.

Sundberg played high school ball at North Canyon.

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