Stamp of Courage

6, 7, 8

Using their knowledge of courage, the learners choose a person of courage who is a hero and share that by creating a commemorative "postage stamp."

PrintOne 20-minute class period

The learner will:

  • reflect on an everyday hero they know.
  • create a visual about that hero with a rational of how they demonstrate courage.
  • an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of paper for each student
  • crayons and/or colored markers
  • optional Internet access



  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Tell the learners that the U.S. post office has a Distinguished Americans series, for which they put the images of great people on postage stamps as a tribute to their contributions to society. If the ability to show the Internet is available, go to one of the sites listed in the Bibliographical References to click through some examples of stamps in the Distinguished American series. Discuss the contributions to society of the different people.

  2. Tell the learners that "everyday" heroes don't usually get put on postage stamps or become famous. Ask them what they think the phrase "everyday hero" means. Make sure they include actions that contribute to society.

  3. As an example, tell the learners about a personal "everyday hero" [a non-famous person who uses courage to make a difference for the sake of another] of your own and describe the person's actions.

  4. Ask each student to think of a person who they know or have heard of who has demonstrated the courage of a hero. Tell the learners that this should be an everyday hero. It could be a fellow student, a family member, acquaintances, or someone in the community they have heard about, or it could be themselves. Distribute a piece of paper to each student and have them fold it in half. On one side of the fold they are to design a stamp for their everyday hero. On the other side of the fold students should write the courageous act(s) that makes that persona hero.

  5. Post the completed stamps around the room and allow the class to do a walk about reading about the acts of courage of their heroes.

Cross Curriculum 

This character education mini-lesson is not intended to be a service learning lesson or to meet the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. The character education units will be most effective when taught in conjunction with a student-designed service project that provides a real world setting in which students can develop and practice good character and leadership skills. For ideas and suggestions for organizing service events go to

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.
    2. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark MS.2 Describe the importance of hearing all voices in a community and respecting their right to be heard.
      2. Benchmark MS.3 Give an example of how philanthropy can transcend cultures.
  2. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Identify and give examples of stewardship in cultural traditions around the world.
      2. Benchmark MS.4 Identify and describe the actions of how citizens act for the common good.
      3. Benchmark MS.5 Describe the responsibility students have to act in the civil society sector to improve the common good.