Hero Project

Maeve

A hero. Every child's dream. Scattered on bookshelves and movie tapes everywhere. When most people think of a hero they think of a long silk cape glistening in the sun. Or a man that saves the world from a devilish villain. However, heroes are much different than that. A hero is someone that a person looks up to. Someone that makes you want to change yourself for the better. Someone that influences your life positively, and inspires you to be a better person. National geographic did a study with 4,000 adults in the United States. 55% of them had helped during an emergency, 8% confronted an injustice, 14% had defied unjust authority, and 5% had sacrificed for a stranger. Heroes are all around us. Just like the movies, you could say they are "disguised as ordinary everyday people." It doesn't take medals and capes to be a hero. It takes courage, bravery, and a kind heart. A hero is a kind hearted person, that puts others in front of themselves.

A hero is a kindhearted person. "It's easier to do nothing" is a common quote we all should be familiar with. Most likely you've heard it at a bullying assembly, or something similar to that. Although you probably just let that quote slide to the back of your head like the rest of your mid-morning thoughts, it has a good connection with the kind heart of heroes. I'm sure there have been times when you have been asked to do something such as shoveling the snow off of the driveway in the winter, and instead you just stayed inside watching tv. Why? Because it's easier. There's no need to worry about putting on all your winter gear and stepping out into the cold, only to be turned into Frosty the Snowman. However, a true hero will help someone out, no matter the situation. Even if they would rather be doing something else, a true hero will set aside their time to help make life a little easier for others. Even if it is just something as simple as carrying in groceries, or shoveling the sidewalks.

A hero is someone who puts others in front of themselves. Often times, parents fit this trait well. They put their children's needs in front of their own. They go out of their way to provide food, and a great, happy life for their children. We often overlook this. However, although we overlook it, these heroes still continue to provide for others. Another example of putting others in front of yourself is helping a stranger on the streets. Often times when you are driving in a car, you'll notice another person who is in a pickle. Either something went wrong with their transportation, or they are looking for something/someone, etc. A hero will step up to help those kinds of people. Many years ago, I was driving in a car with my friend and her dad, when we approached someone who's bike broke down in the middle of a one-hundred mile race. They were sitting on the curb, fiddling with their bike, and had almost lost all hope. Although we had to get somewhere, my friends dad used his engineering skills to fix the bike, and got the biker back on the road. The man was very thankful, and I was very happy to have witnessed an act of kindness like that. Putting someone else in front of yourself makes a person a hero because it shows how caring they are.

In conclusion, a hero doesn't need to be best friends with superman. A person can be a hero just by doing random acts of kindness. Putting others in front of yourself shows generosity, and compassion. Being kindhearted can show others around you to do the nice/right thing. As long as what you do makes a positive influence on another person, you may be looked at as a hero in their eyes. Going out of your way to help others can impact someone in a meaningful way.

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Hero Interview

Brett Wartman

The Tuff Mudder, Warrior Dash, Mudathon, Hustle up the Hancock, sky diving, half and full marathons, a 100 mile bike ride, and climbing up pikes peak are all amazing/thrilling achievements. It might seem hard to do any of these things, however my hero, Brett Wartman(32), has done all of these things and more. As a kid, Brett was interested in sports and hanging out with his friends. He attended North West High School, which he enjoyed. He loved learning about history, American History in particular. Brett didn't have much money for college, and his friend was joining the army. This persuaded them to go into the army together. Brett spent five years in the army, two of which he spent in the war. Being in the army, Brett got a GI Bill, which allowed him to attend college for free. He went to Purdue. Through the Troops to Teacher's program, Brett became a 6th and 7th grade science teacher. He liked the program because it made him feel like he could make a difference. He loves being a teacher, and feels that his students can relate to him more because of his past experiences. Brett now lives in Indiana with his wife, Jutta, and his two children Logan(1) and Phoebe(1). He's a great father, sarcastic, smart, reserved with his family but extroverted with friends.

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Hero Research Project

Troops to Teachers was what my Hero Research Project was on. This is because my hero, Brett Wartman, enrolled in the program. He now teaches 6th and 7th grade science.

I chose to do a model/structure for my project, because I felt like it was able to accurately demonstrate all of the information needed about Troops to Teachers. I also thought that it can captivate the audience more easily. The model/structure shows a handful of red, white, and blue colors, as well as plenty of Stars and Stripes. This is to fully deliver the “America” aspect of my topic. Since Troops to Teachers enrolls veterans from America’s military, I thought I should focus on a design that represented America. So, I used only the colors red, white, and blue in my project. When I look at the design, I'm immediately reminded of America, which is what I was going for.