St. Christopher’s School

Grade: 6, 7, & 8
Social Issue:
COVID-19 Outbreak

Faculty Advisors:
Eve Boyd and Karen Szumski
School Principal:
Mrs. Mary Tremper
Sponsored by:
Ernst & Young

As students and teachers adapted to school in the age of self-quarantine, the Young Heroes Club at St. Christopher’s school saw the opportunity to treat COVID-19 as a social issue, and address a real-world problem as it unfolded in real time. With empathy, perseverance and optimism, YHOP Club members came together and decided the project would be twofold: it would unite the students of St. Christopher and recognize and thank essential workers. YHOP Club members decided to have students and faculty at St. Chris submit personal or class videos expressing their appreciation and gratitude to essential workers in our city. Despite the physical distance between the students, they met weekly on Zoom, established goals for their meetings, and divided up work. Many of the students in the Young Heroes Club are related to, or know, someone still working as an Essential Worker – so putting together this video had personal meaning to them, and they hope to inspire the rest of the St. Christopher’s community as well.

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Sheridan Elementary School

Grade: 4, Social Issue: COVID-19

Faculty Advisors:
Keisha Walton and Amy Barcoski
School Principal:
Awilda Balbuena
Sponsored by:
Lindys/Lindy Communities

This year, the Young Heroes at Sheridan Elementary School decided to address COVID-19 as their Social Issue once schools closed down. Originally, the Sheridan Young Heroes chose Pollution as their Social Issue, but once they saw how many people were suffering due to COVID-19, they decided to use their character trait, Empathy, to change their Social Issue and Action Project! Students researched the root causes and symptoms of COVID-19. They used their research to create educational videos that teach our community about how to be safe during COVID-19, as well as to thank and support people who are most affected by the virus.

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Ziegler Elementary School

Grade: 7 & 8, Social Issue: Social Distancing

Faculty Advisor:
Bryan Fierson
School Principal:
Robert Berretta
Sponsored by:
NJM Insurance

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced students to work and study from home and threatened the Ziegler community, the Young Heroes at the school were unwilling to let this new challenge go unaddressed. Ziegler students decided to focus their energy on the importance of Social Distancing, and creating a way to advocate for it to their community. In order to find an effective way to speak to multiple age groups, the Ziegler heroes studied various kinds of social media, and decided that they could reach out through Twitter, Instagram, and Tik-Tok in order to reach a diverse audience. The Ziegler heroes also learned about the importance of a hashtag to link all the different content they created together. The students researched a variety of historically important hashtag-based movements and decided to create their own based on what they learned from their research. Because of the diversity of the Ziegler community, the Young Heroes took one poster and translated it into as many languages as possible to maximize their impact. For their final project the heroes have created a series of short Tik-Tok’s, memes, and an informational poster that all aim to spread vital information about preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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A Members-Only Event:
Strength & Fragility Exhibition Preview

NLM Members are invited to join us on Thursday, March 25 at 5pm for a virtual preview of the Museum’s newest exhibition Strength and Fragility: The Story of the NLM led by NLM CEO Gwen Borowsky. The centerpiece of the exhibition is this magnificent 9-feet-high glass canopy entitled the “Peace Portal.” The evening includes a cocktail demonstration by Teakwood Tavern and concludes with an artist-guided immersive sound bath experience. Don’t miss this opportunity to view the exhibition before it opens to the public – become a member today!

You'll find complete information on NLM@Night, including a link to membership opportunities.

Programs for Kids & Families

The NLM offers a full calendar of live and pre-recorded virtual programs for kids and their families. We invite you to join us as we explore the themes of respect, taking action and spreading liberty to all.

Upcoming Events Include:
Celebrate Women's History Month with Live and prerecorded programs, Saturday & Sunday, March 20-21

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to learn more.


The Museum offers a wide variety of engaging digital experiences. Our Virtual NLM@Night series includes fun and informative entertainment on the subject of liberty specifically for adults.

Upcoming Events Include:
How to Be a Badass Lady of Liberty, Tuesday, March 16, 5pm

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Learn about NLM's Virtual Field Trip Programs

Looking for fun and educational virtual experiences for your students this school year? Let the National Liberty Museum’s educators bring liberty to life through tours, group discussions, games, crafts, and more that tell the amazing stories of ordinary people who did extraordinary things in the name of freedom and equality.

You'll find complete information here.

Support the Next Generation of Heroes

Each school year, we send NLM educators directly into Philadelphia’s most underserved schools to teach students critical leadership skills, such as courage, integrity, responsibility, respect, and most important, empathy. We show them that they have the power through their First Amendment Rights to use these skills to make positive changes in their school and community.

Help us continue to bring this program to as many students as possible.
Click here to donate now.

NLM Honors Outstanding Educators in the Delaware Valley and Beyond

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 14th annual Teacher as Hero Award sponsored by State Farm® with a Virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 24. The ceremony honored 10 inspiring teachers who make a difference in the lives of their students. To mark the occasion, State Farm Representatives, National Liberty Museum leadership, friends and family gathered via Zoom to celebrate the accomplishments of these exceptional educators.

Learn their stories here. TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THE 2021 AWARDS, CLICK HERE.

Police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders are honored

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 15th annual Awards of Valor, presented by Your Local Chevrolet Dealers, via a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. The event included several notable keynote speakers and was attended by the honorees, their families and colleagues,

Learn more here about their impressive and inspirational stories.

NLM Honors Medical Professionals

The National Liberty Museum is proud to host its annual Healthcare Heroes Awards, presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. This international awards program recognizes inspirational heroes in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have profoundly benefited their patients, their field, and the global community.

The 2020 Awards Ceremony was held virtually on December 3.
Click here to learn about the honorees.

NLM honors 14 inspiring students from across the country

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 20th annual TD Bank Young Heroes Awards with a Virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 12. The ceremony honored 14 inspiring students, ages 18 and younger, who identified an area where liberty was lacking and took action to make positive change in their local schools or communities.

Learn about these amazing young people here.