Students from the L.P. Quinn Elementary School in Tupper Lake took part in a demonstration dubbed "Hero Day" earlier this week.
Sixth grade teacher Tracy Klossner said she came up with the idea as a way of taking the school's anti-bullying campaign a step further.
"Anti-bullying education is all well and good, but we also need to teach kids not to be a bystander," Klossner said.
With that in mind, kids chose historical figures that triumphed over ignorance, cruelty and injustice.
Teams of students from each grade presented their heroes to the whole school in April, and Klossner said students cheered the historical role models the way they cheer their favorite athletes.
A cross-section of students from each grade presented their heroes again on Monday during the district's regular board of education meeting.
Students read an account of figures like Harriet Tubman, who helped free scores of slaves, and Helen Keller, the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.