CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago sixth-grader decided to pay tribute to the lives lost on that dreadful day.

“I couldn’t believe that an 11 year old boy could have so much compassion,” said Candace, whose son, Cameron, is a sixth grader at Nathan Hale Elementary on the Southwest Side.

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Cameron was no thinking about what he’s getting for Christmas, but instead, how he and the rest of his can give to victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

“I figured, what’s something we could do for them?” said Cameron

So he sent an email to the school’s principal outlining his plan.

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“We’re going to go outside during recess and tie up green ribbons on the fence,” said Cameron.

Hundreds of students lined the sidewalks, tying ribbons… paying tribute to those lost.

“I thought it was a great idea, as simple as it was, that we’re switching to spirit day for Sandy Hook,” said Dawn, the principal at Nathan Hale.

They decorated the school with sandy hook’s colors. And all it took was a little guy with a big heart.

Cameron had some last words of encouragement for the families of the children of Sandy Hook

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“I know times have been tough for your guys but you guys have been strong like a rock through this whole event,” said Cameron.