Honoring Our Heroes

Do you know a real life hero?


Honoring Our Heroes is a writing contest designed to encourage students to discover real-life heroes. The creators of the program wanted students to redefine the heroes they saw portrayed in the media — cartoon characters, professional athletes, rock stars — and instead recognize the true heroes in their lives. Our real heroes are grandparents, parents, siblings, doctors, police, soldiers, teachers and anyone else that has made a real and positive impact on a student’s life


Select a real life hero who has made a difference and who has shown one or more of the following characteristics: generosity, trust, persistence, dedication, leadership, creativity, caring, bravery, imagination, service, generosity, courage, or compassion. Describe how this hero has impacted your life directly or indirectly. This must be someone that the student knows personally and not a public figure like Taylor Swift or Stephen Curry.


Format:  Entries are limited to one 8-1/2 x 11-inch piece of paper. The student may use both sides of the paper and entries may be handwritten or typed. A picture should be attached, if possible, as well as an entry form.

Judging:  Entries will be judged on the student’s ability to articulate the qualities of the hero and to describe the manner in which the hero affected the student’s life, either directly or indirectly. The PTA will judge East Side's entries and submit one entry per grade level to the county level competition. 

Deadline:  Jan. 17 in the box marked "Honoring our Heroes entries," which will be in the East Side mailroom.

Click here for an Honoring Our Heroes entry form.