When Holley Vaughn asked her father for help on a history paper, she never realized the effect it would have on students, teachers and families across the country. Understanding his daughter's disinterest in dry history, Greg Vaughn wondered why someone didn't do something to make it more interesting. Being a film maker, he decided that the someone should be him.
So Vaughn, who has been producing films for the motivational/inspirational market for over 20 years, added a new division to Grace Products and began marketing In Search of the Heroes to families, schools and libraries.
"We're not in search of the heroes of the past," Vaughn says, "We're in search of the heroes of today and tomorrow--our kids," Vaughn said.
The character education that In Search of the Heroes provides is what President Clinton asked schools to teach in his 1996 State of the Union Address. In many states, character education has already become an important part of school curriculum -- So has In Search of the Heroes. The series reaches over 4 1/2 million children each year.
Each story takes a student from today and catapults him through a magical journey through the library and into time to meet the heroes of the past. In those adventures, students learn history along with compassion, courage, perseverance and many other distinct attributes.
"We get letters everyday from teachers around the country who are excited by the way kids check out all the library books after our movies are shown," Vaughn said. "Letters from parents and children tell us how our films have inspired the children to be a hero--just like the ones we present."
He emphasizes that the character traits and values threads that run through the stories are sometimes the most important part of his films. "Forget Me Not: The Anne Frank Story" addresses tolerance with a neo-Nazi youth from today meeting Anne Frank. Other films address determination, honesty and bravery.
"We are in a time in the world where loyalty, respect, and truthfulness have been lost. It is important to teach and encourage the leaders of tomorrow that these are the things that will make a difference in our world," Vaughn said.
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Greg Vaughn (left) and Fred Holmes (right) have worked together since they began their friendship in the first grade. Holmes is the writer/director/editor of In Search of the Heroes.
Along with his many documentaries and feature films, Holmes' heart remains devoted to children as he also directs episodes for the Barney and Wishbone series.
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