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The Promise

AWAKEN each student to their strength of character

CONFRONT each student with the high-stakes choices before them

CHALLENGE each student to forge a positive vision for themselves

EMPOWER each student with the skills to succeed

INSPIRE each student to become their own hero

“IT CHANGED MY LIFE—SPIRIT SERIES!”

— Dominika Peikos, 7th Grade

IMAGINE… THIS STUDENT MULTIPLIED BY MILLIONS

EVERY SCHOOL transformed by a culture of shared values and academic excellence

A GENERATION equipped to become successful and civic adults

AMERICAN K-12 EDUCATION reinvented for the 21st century

40,000 students in Los Angeles and New England have already shared this dream. With your help, it can become a reality across America.

“POWERFUL AND IMPRESSIVE. SPIRIT SERIES IS A BLEND OF THE TRUE, THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE GOOD”

— Dr. Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education

EVERYONE LOVES A GOOD STORY

Since the beginning of time, humankind has harnessed the profound power of storytelling to create meaning and instill values. SPIRIT SERIES stands proudly in that ancient tradition, teaching wisdom as well as knowledge to students at a critical crossroads in their lives. Through sustained engagement with these powerful hero-stories, each child builds a lifetime identification with core human values that speak to their very deepest concerns.

“THE MOST FRUITFUL TIME TO TRANSFORM PESSIMISTIC CHILDREN INTO OPTIMISTIC ONES IS BEFORE PUBERTY, BUT LATE ENOUGH IN CHILDHOOD SO THEY ARE METACOGNITIVE [ABLE TO THINK ABOUT THINKING].”

— Martin Seligman, “Learned Optimism”

THE SERIES CONNECTS…

Offering students a rigorous, high-stakes, dramatically compelling vehicle through which to express their natural desire to succeed. By meeting the SPIRIT SERIES challenge—completing the many demanding tasks required to successfully bring these one-act “inspirational biographies” to performance, participants strive for academic excellence, forge a positive vision for themselves, and begin to become their own heroes.

“THINGS GET EXTREMELY SERIOUS, IN THE VERY BEST SENSE OF THE TERM, WHEN SPIRIT SERIES ENTERS THE CLASSROOM.”

— Dr. Paul Astin, 6th grade teacher