It's never too early for kids to learn leadership skills. Some local elementary students are focusing on helping the homeless, and they're being honored for their mission.

Students at Battlefield Elementary School in Catoosa County work on various projects throughout the school year. From school supplies, to Thanksgiving meals, to Christmas toys, and now their most ambitious undertaking ever. It's part of a very important lesson: teaching them to think of others first.

Helping the homeless at the Chattanooga Rescue Mission is not a common elementary school project. Given the challenge of spreading acts of kindness, the fifth graders spent an entire month collecting items to help those in need. The leadership program prepares them for a lifetime of service.

Fifth grader Lorelai Elmendorf encourages all students who are coming to Battlefield to "try out for Leadership!"

Visiting each classroom in the school, and creating posters was just the beginning. The students got their families involved, setting out to collect more than 1400 items for the Chattanooga Rescue Mission. Those who operate the mission thanked the students personally.

Stan Jones of the Mission said, "For these students to donate clothing, socks, toothpaste, and other items means the world to us."

Some lessons aren't in textbooks, or on mandatory tests. They're best learned by hands-on doing, especially when it comes to matters of helping others.

Students and teachers at Battlefield give much of the credit to school counselor Kelly Wolfe for spearheading the project.

Students will soon visit the Chattanooga Rescue Mission to help deliver and organize the 1400 items they have collected.