People can describe a hero in many different ways. Some think of famous people who do extraordinary things. Some think of our military personnel and our first responders. Indeed, all of these people are heroic. Most people don’t think of elementary children as a hero. Yet children in our schools do heroic actions frequently.  

Students from Heights Elementary School were honored last month for being Heights Heroes for the 2013-14 school year. The mission of Heights Heroes is to develop children into someone who acts with courage and unselfishness in the face of challenging or difficult situations. Many character-development and anti-bullying activities take place during the school year to teach and encourage students to exhibit the qualities of a hero.

Here are just a few of the heroic actions performed by Heights students this year include: 

• One child’s school supplies were stolen, so her friend saved her money and replaced some of them.  

• One little boy gave his new backpack to a child who did not have one and he carried his backpack from last year.  

• One child donated hair to Locks of Love.

• One student befriended someone with no friends on the playground.

• A student took the lead in the Prayer at the Pole.

• A group of children helped special needs students in the classroom.

• Children saved their allowance money to buy Christmas gifts to those in need.

• One child raised money for her teacher because his wife has cancer. She gave him a gift card with the money.  

• One child brand new to the U.S. used extraordinary effort to learn English.

The Heights Heroes program finished its fourth year at the Texas City ISD elementary school. It is organized by counselor Mary Dickson, who receives funding from the TCISD Foundation for the Future. At the beginning of the school year, Mrs. Dickson spends time with every class to talk about what it means to be a hero. The students take this message to heart and never disappoint with their good deeds and kind acts.

These students are making a difference at school and in the community. Heights Heroes are Marissa Argueta, Moses Arispe, Joey Blakeman, Robert Calderon, Noah Caldwell, Issys Carraway, Marissa Cermeno, Sarah Chase, Brandon Christiansen, Thomas Espinosa, Kiley Ferrell, Ashley Figueroa, Joe Grant, Alex Huerta, Layne Isaacs, Leah Lillie, Nyomi Ministerio, Arianna Nino, Macey Nino, Paulo Ortega, Chloe Perez, Giselle Reyne, Nevaeh Scott, Szyron Scott, Damian Valle, Elizabeth Venegas, Seth Wager, Coralynn Walker and Anonda Williams.

Melissa Tortorici is the Director of Communications for Texas City ISD.

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