Schulte Elementary School in Sturtevant has focused all year on what being a hero means. Part of that curriculum includes messages on being a friend and not being a bully.
Students, teachers, staff and parents turned out for a year-end parade with real-life heroes from the South Shore Fire and Sturtevant Police Departments.
Carrying signs that declared Schulte a bully-free zone and touting their hero status, students and teachers wore masks they'd decorated themselves.
"These are their Defender Masks," teacher Linda Haas said. "Being a defender means standing up for one another, including kids in play or homework help and respecting and accepting differences."