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, etc. — and instead recognize the true heroes in their lives. Our real heroes are grandparents, parents, siblings, doctors, policemen, 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 Steve Jobs or Lebron James.

Format:  Entries are limited to ONE 8-1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper.  The student may use both sides of the paper.  Entries may be handwritten or typed.  Pictures drawn by the student may be included as part of the entry, but they are to be judged primarily on content, not artistic ability.  A completed entry form should be completed and paper clipped to each entry.

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.  Each Local PTA will judge its own entries and submit one entry per grade level. 

Deadline:  January 27, 2017

Click here for an Honoring Our Heroes entry form.