The two boys are 7 years old and in the first grade at H.W. Longfellow Elementary School on Milwaukee's near south side.
On Thursday, when classes resumed after the holidays, David and Exavier overheard another boy saying he received no gifts for Christmas.
"He didn't have a Christmas tree, so Santa didn't bring him nothing," David said.
There's a kid's logic to that explanation. No tree, so no gifts to go underneath. It's easier than pondering poverty and whatever else was happening at that home.
After school at basketball practice, David and Exavier talked about it and decided what they would do.
David went home and picked a book from his shelf about the talking race car from the movie "Cars."
"I wrapped it. I did by myself," he said.
Exavier took a piece of construction paper and some colored pencils and drew a picture of Longfellow's holiday student play, which the other boy had been in. "I messed up a little bit. I tried to draw everybody," he said. This would be his gift.
On Friday, Exavier quietly tucked the picture inside the desk of the boy skipped by Santa. The boy found it and was happily surprised. Then David handed the wrapped book to the classmate.
It was then that the two teachers in Room 117 realized what was happening. Melony Bukosky and Jodi Hockerman had not orchestrated any of this or discussed it in class. They were witnessing what Bukosky would later describe in a letter to Principal Wendell Smith as "the most amazing random act of kindness by first-graders."
"I was crying my eyes out," said Bukosky, who shared the story with me.
The boy who received the gifts cried, too, and said it felt good to get presents. You hear a lot about bullying at school. This would be its polar opposite. Bukosky told David and Exavier that their gesture had filled her heart with warmth and happiness.
Whatever. Kids are awesome, you old farts.