“A hero is somebody who is selfless, who is generous in spirit, who just tries to give back as much as possible and help people. A hero to me is someone who saves people and who really deeply cares. “—Debi Mazar
During the month of February, many classrooms focus on Social Science topics related to Heroes. Whether learning about those famous February presidents, Washington and Lincoln, or other notable figures in history, students are discussing what makes them significant. It seems fitting to remind students that they, too, can be heroes in their everyday lives. Being responsible and getting ready for school and attending daily, working hard in their classrooms and following teachers’ directions are ways students develop self-discipline, character traits they will use as they become citizens of our community and world. Students can help a friend or classmate who may be struggling to learn something; helping someone else, even in small ways, is being a hero to that person. Choosing not to participate in online postings that belittle or hurt others is a powerful way to be a hero. If someone is mistreating a friend on the playground, speaking up and saying “This isn’t right”, or taking that friend to a nearby adult is a kind of heroism. You are standing for what is right, and helping someone in trouble. Some of our greatest heroes in history did just that!
When students are asked who their heroes are, the vast majority of them do not name sports heroes or movie stars. They do not name historical or political figures. For our children, moms and dads are the most common person they name as their hero. This is both rewarding and humbling, as this comes with such responsibility. In big and small ways, how we help our children when they feel the most vulnerable matters a lot. If your child is experiencing frustration with an academic subject, take a few extra minutes during homework time to help explain it.
Communicate with their teacher about their struggles, so the teacher can provide extra support, or work with you to make the work more understandable or manageable. If your child has ongoing concerns about something happening on the playground, make the teacher or principal aware. Too often we hear from parents after something has been occurring for a long period of time because they are reluctant to complain. If there is something that is happening on a regular basis, we need to know in order to help make the situation better. Your child may need you to be their hero, and step in when they are in trouble and don’t know what to do.
I am pleased to have such wonderful staff, students, and families to work with at Croce. When I visit classrooms or walk on our playgrounds, I see so many examples of kindness, compassion, and cooperation. Our families are so willing to help in any way they can, and care not only about their children, but all the children in our school. The sense of community is part of what makes Croce such a great school.
With Children In Mind,
Kendra L. Helsley, Principal