“They’re Heroes Too: A Celebration of Community” by Pat Brisson celebrates the unsung, everyday heroes in our communities. The first full week of May is Public Service Recognition Week, dedicated to the people who serve the nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees. The NVMM recognizes those individuals who help our communities thrive and celebrates these everyday heroes.

Why is Public Service Recognition Week important? It honors public servants and spreads awareness of their impact. With 33% of federal service employees set to retire in 2025, there will be a big void to fill! Public servants play a significant role in our society as they contribute to our well-being and way of life.

Who is a hero in your life? What makes them a hero? Remember, not all heroes wear capes!

Extend Your Learning:

Use these comprehension questions with your kids or students to build their literacy skills! Print out this PDF for classroom use.

  1. What is the main idea of the story? What details let us know that this is the main idea?
  2. Who are some of the heroes in this book?
  3. What are some ways kids can be heroes?
  4. How can you be an everyday hero?
  5. What jobs or heroes are missing from this book?
  6. State your opinion: Think of an everyday hero. Why are the people who perform this job important to your community?
  • Write a thank you note to one of the heroes in your life. Maybe this person is a teacher, mail carrier, or parent. Why is this person a hero to you? What do they do that makes them extra special?
  • Create a Hero Card for someone in your family or community!
    • Print out this PDF and draw a picture of your hero or attach a photo of them. Be sure to describe what makes them a hero!

If you are one of our central Ohio neighbors, check out the book at your local branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library where the book is available! Then come to the NVMM and learn more about unique Veteran stories that can be found throughout American History.

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