H.E.R.O. (by Mrs. Maxwell)
The H.E.R.O. Program was first implemented at St. Paul’s during the 2018-2019 school year. H.E.R.O was founded by Safe Kids Inc. in 2016 by a team of experienced law enforcement officers and educators. Safe Kids has produced curriculum to teach students to recognize, avoid, and survive an “intruder”. The mission of the H.E.R.O. program is “to provide safety curriculum that prevents violence and empowers students and educators to turn safe thinking into safe action”.
Through five carefully designed lessons, students learn safe thinking skills as they work through different age-appropriate scenarios in grades K-3, 4-5, 6-8. The objective of the H.E.R.O. program is to teach survival skills as well as empowerment and safe-thinking strategies simultaneously. In this program, “Heroes help themselves FIRST, and then help others.” All students learn:
- A hero HIDES.
- A hero ESCAPES.
- A hero RUNS.
- A hero OVERCOMES.
During our designated H.E.R.O. week, each St. Paul’s classroom practices the H.E.R.O strategies through discussions, chapter lessons, various scenarios, and self-assessments. H.E.R.O lessons reinforce effective problem-solving and communication. The students actively participate in activities all over campus so that they can demonstrate and practice their skills. Students also have the opportunity to share their thoughts during the program in their “daily journal reflection”. Our goal, with the foundation of the H.E.R.O. program, is to empower our students to not only be safe on St. Paul’s campus, but to also be safe in other environments such as the mall or an amusement park. Our administrative team and classroom teachers will be sharing more information about this important safety program during our scheduled H.E.R.O. week.