visitors are welcome to page through The Ring of Valor website
and benefit from the information they find.
The resources on this site are targeted primarily to parents, teachers,
and other caregivers of 10-12-year-old children. Learning the fundamentals
of courage begin during the early preschool years. The age group
we emphasize here are old enough to begin to understand the real
risks of making courageous choices. Mature heroism is first launched
during this age span as children face greater dangers outside the
shield of a parent's protection.
We invite anyone who works with children in this age group to enroll
in the "Everyday Hero" program. When you enroll, you will
receive at at no cost (except for a nominal shipping charge of $2.00
for less than ten children and $5.00 for ten or more children) attractive
buttons for each of your children that say "Be an Everyday
Hero--With a Smart Heart." Inviting children to wear the buttons
helps to focus their attention on the issue of heroism. The message
on the button emphasizes three aspects of heroism: everyone can
be a hero by finding the strength to
face a fear, by using their strength to care
about others, and by making smart decisions
as they respond to a fear.
The Ring of Valor program is brought to you entirely through
the support of Kansas State University Research and Extension. Although
no outside grant support is used to provide these materials, we
are willing to use our scarce resources to make them available as
long as participants are willing to inform us about the usefulness
of the program.