Evaluation of results for 526 students

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Analysis of student surveys and teacher assessments in five states in 2008 showed:

22 Teachers and youth leaders using the Giraffe Heroes Program (Voices of Hope) described it as having positive impacts on student abilities to read, and on student attitudes and behavior in and out of the classroom.

Analysis of 526 student surveys yielded statistically significant results such as these:

  • There is a dramatic shift in student perceptions of “heroes.” Pre-use, students focused on celebrities in sports, movies and music. Post-use, they named many more community members as well as historical figures such as Dr. King and Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • Students were asked to describe situations in which they might “stick their own necks out” to help some other person or a cause they believed in. Pre-use, students, on average, described two such situations. Post-use, that number almost doubled.
  • Considering pollution, hunger, poverty and drug abuse as community problems—pre-use, 62% of students agreed or strongly agreed that they could make a difference on such problems. Post-use, that number increased to 90%.



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test our ways of teaching
character and service.
As technology changes,
we’re converting our
proven content into
digital forms. Now,
the first downloadable
program is ready for you—
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Grades K-2 Guide

Stan Tall & Bea Tall, our twin spokesgiraffes 
for the K-2 Giraffe Heroes Program 
have some bad news and some good news. 
First—the K-2 is no longer for sale in print. 
And here’s the good news—
The entire K-2 program will soon be a free download!
Lesson plans, videos, audio tracks, dozens of stories, 
printable handouts, correlations, & links to resources—
it will all be in a free download to your computer.
We’re working as fast as we can to complete the conversion.
If you’d like to be notified when it goes online,
email us, we’ll make sure you get the word.

Grades 3-5 Guide

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Grades 6-9 Guide

The Giraffe Heroes Program
for your 6-9 students

Voices of Hope

Service-Learning Guide


Student Anthology