Eastview students got the chance to learn more about real-life heroes Feb. 10 on Dress Like a Hero day.
Among the students there were a number of doctors, police officers and soldiers. One student dressed up like her teacher; others said they dressed like their mothers because their moms were their heroes.
Dress Like a Hero day was part of a weeklong celebration of the third anniversary of Hero, the school’s resource dog, joining Eastview. The school sold mini stuffed animals to raise money for the dog’s care, as no taxpayer dollars fund his care.
The school resource dog is a hero to the school’s students, many of whom find his presence helpful in times of stress or struggle. Akin said Hero seems to instinctively know who’s in need of care and seeks them out.
Throughout the week, classes worked together to identify and research their heroes, and then read clues to challenge other classes in a trivia contest, and students in Michelle Urdahl’s fourth grade class eagerly raised their hands to give their response during morning announcements.
For students, it was an important chance to talk with one another about their heroes.
Last year, Lydia Fenske dressed as Helen Keller for the school’s living wax museum as they studied history. Lydia said she contemplated dressing as her mother – who also is her inspiration – but ultimately decided to portray the author and political activist who became the nation’s first blind and deaf woman to earn a bachelor of arts degree.
“She perseveres and never gives up,” Lydia said.
Her best friend, Cailyn Bussler, said she decided to dress as Anne Sullivan, Keller’s teacher.
“We’re best friends so I figured we could be partnered together,” Cailyn said.
For others, it was a chance to explore a little about who they want to become.
Marius Johnson came smartly dressed in black pants, black shirt and a black and blue tie. He said he chose to dress like a detective or FBI agent “because it was cool.” He’s strongly considering it as part of his future career options.
Brooke Youngs said her veterinarian costume was inspired in part by her love of animals combined with the practicality of finding a costume.
Akin, who dressed like Abraham Lincoln, said he was impressed with the knowledge students had gained through the event.