I'm with duffsmom: compassion and empathy. I personally am troubled by the trend I see more often in our younger generations: misplaced entitlement; the expectation that one should receive a reward for simply showing up, not for putting in extra effort or doing something that goes beyond one's job description.
But I see schools and many organizations working hard to build upon a child's innate sense of love and acceptance. My own daughter has grown up with my developmentally disabled brother and has volunteered at the Special Olympics events he attends each year. The first year or so she was a little scared by an incredibly loud, enthusiastic crowd of athletes who would hug anybody, size discrepancy notwithstanding; now she stands at the end of a lane during track events, encouraging a reluctant athlete who knows he's coming in last, so decides simply to take off his shoes and pick dandelions in the nearby field. She gets the crowd cheering and clapping, and as the athlete finally crosses the finish line, shoes & dandelions in hand, the look on his face when he realizes all that noise is for HIM--well, it's impossible to do express the emotions unless you've been to a Special Olympics event, but the best I can do is to say there is no better example of what a little compassion can accomplish: a man who had given up on a race because he was dead last realized people were just as proud of him for crossing the finish line, period. Whenever he got around to it.