EVERYDAY HERO STORIES
Where did your values come from?

We've all had people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. A parent or grandparent, a sibling who was there for us, or maybe even just a guy who shines shoes for a living? Whoever they are, tell us their story so they can inspire us even more.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
LUCKY FIN FOR THE WIN! Hello my name is Ashley and I'm 23 years old. I was born missing the lower part of my right arm. I grew up in a day and age where I never saw anyone like me. You didn't see people with missing limbs working in your local grocery store, on TV, on billboards, or even being confident just walking around. I never had...
SUBMITTED BY ASHLEY SHERMAN
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APPRECIATION
THE DAY I LOSS HER Do you remember the last time you spoke to your mother? If you do, when was that? Do you remember the last time you expressed how much you love her? If so, when? I am unsure if it was only me but we tend to have this habit of shying away from the expressing how important our mother or our father to us. I...
SUBMITTED BY MICHELLE
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INCLUSION
EZEQUIEL Happy #autismawarenessmonth everyone. This song is the culmination of my senior project at The Center School. My topic revolves around the Socioeconomic Status of people with autism and how it affects their education. This song, however, more talks about the subject of my topic and why I chose this topic. This...
SUBMITTED BY ELIAS CAPESTANY
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BEING THERE
TRACEY WILLOUGHBY My mom has always been there for me always keeping me going. When I was down she always helped me feel better. I have autism and only my mom believed I could achieve my dreams. I graduated 4 months early because of her belief in me.
SUBMITTED BY TREY WILLOUGHBY
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PURPOSE
MADISON my sister was born with down syndrome in 1997 after being alive for a few days , sadly she passed away . She was going to be my younger sister , i was going to take care of her and love her endlessly. i feel like God gave me a purpose in life to work with individuals with down syndrome, to put my devotion that i...
SUBMITTED BY ANDREA SPHAR
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MOTIVATION
MOTIVATION I motivate myself everyday to conquer school and the battle of life. Sometimes it can be a challenge but if you believe in yourself then you'll get through anything. My father motivates me everyday to make my day worth living. He told me that if I was brave enough that I could do anything in life. Be strong and...
SUBMITTED BY SIMAYA MURRAY
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OVERCOMING
MENSAH JOSEPH MOM MABEL FORTUNE My mom taught me to be daring,bold and unwavering.A single mom who raised three children in the face of adversity but stood tall to bring the very best out of us.I can look back today and say because of my darling mom,i didnt give up the fight.I gave it all my all and i am looking forward to that day when i am...
SUBMITTED BY JOSEPH MENSAH
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OPPORTUNITY
NOT ONLY ME. There was a time where I completely gave up. A time where I thought I wasn’t worthy to live up to my dreams. I was wrong. I joined a school that helped me find myself. Helped me understand who I truly was, what I really wanted to be. They believed in me so much that I was completely connected with one particular...
SUBMITTED BY NATALIA DEPAZ
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CHARACTER
A STORY TO TELL So recently I got goosebumps. It was Friday, November 17. I was so pumped since it was the end of the week and we had planned to go out and eat for dinner. I went school like it was a normal day, but little did I know there was a shock waiting for me at school. There’s this boy in my band, Spanish and math...
SUBMITTED BY ANITHA
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OVERCOMING
NORA JOHNSON Growing up with my grandparents because my mom was a drug addict . My aunt Nora would always be the one to help me realize we weren't a normal family. To always be a better person, save money . Work hard and stay away from drugs and alcohol . She came to visit almost every day and took me to her house on...
SUBMITTED BY TANYA HARO
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COMPASSION
VETERAN SMILES During a trip to a local veteran’s hospital with my dad in 2012, a Marine Corps veteran, I noticed that many of the veterans lacked basic toiletries and lived too far from the hospital for family or friends to visit regularly. I was only 13 at the time, but decided to make a 4‑H service project to bring...
SUBMITTED BY AMELIA DAY
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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
RAMONA DUPREE Hello, my name is Talina Simpson. My mother has taught me many things. But one value that really comes to mind is to believe in myself. She made me aware of bad people in the world that would aim to bring me down and that they would be successful if I didn't believe in myself. As a kid, when I would come home sad...
SUBMITTED BY TALINA SIMPSON
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STRENGTH
KENNY SHIREY My story may be a little different from everyone else. I lost my oldest son to suicide over ten years ago and with that I lost my best friend and my hero. With his loss it made me realize just how important love and family means. Til this day we have no clue why he took his own life, but I turned to God for...
SUBMITTED BY LES SHIREY
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CHARACTER
ANNETTE WESSEL Mrs. Wessel (Ms. Peirce) said, 'If you don't like the idea, don't complain--work within to improve it.'
SUBMITTED BY TIMOTHY PAUL KAVANAUGH
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OVERCOMING
MOVING BACK TO PENNSYLVANIA When I was 11 years old, I had to move for the third time from Northern New Jersey to here, in North Wales, PA. Moving was very stressful; moreover, it had been about eight years since I had lived in the Philadelphia area. I was scared of going to a new school, adjusting to a new environment, and meeting new...
SUBMITTED BY ALEX ZHOU
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