Volunteering became a passion, a heroic gesture and a way of life for a dedicated parent like Sofia Hurley, who has a son named Kelly, a fourth grader from Robert E. Lee Elementary. Sofia spends most of her time volunteering at her son’s school; she is the PTA President of Robert E. Lee Elementary for two years now. Aside from PTA, she is part of the SBDM, a school advisory committee and a DISD SHAC Sub Committee Chair for Nutrition and Wellness Policy. She is advocating for more parental and community involvement and to be a Hero to your local school. The school welcomes volunteers to help shelves books, read to students and tutor them, as well as help on the garden and assist teacher for minor task like lamination, folder stuffing and so much more.
Sofia’s volunteerism extends far, as she is a new member of Heroes, Cops and Kids, a nonprofit organization designed to bring the police department and the community closer together. The police officers dress up as superheroes so children in the community feel at ease when talking to them, looking at their favorite superhero is not as threatening. The superhero team is lead by Sgt. Merlin Lofton who dressed as Capt. America, along with retired officer Ric Campbell as Batman and many other superheroes who visit schools to advocate anti bullying campaign, visit hospitals to help ill children forget their sickness and making them smile and engage children at many police department community events like NNO, Chief on the Beat and many more. Sofia first volunteered as a costume repair girl, she touched up paint, do alterations and maintenance on one of the officers Iron Man suit. She helps them suit up and then photographed the heroes at these events. Her role as the new Wonder Woman came later when Captain America recognized her heroic deeds while she was in the Philippines.
Sofia returned to her country last summer filled with positive energy, great passion and a unique vision of a change for the future. Like all her trips she invested some of her time gathering neighborhood children along with her son, Kelly and teaching them something as simple as identifying international flags, geography, all about rocks, recycling and mathematical shortcuts to multiplication in a make shift nipa hut as a school. However this time was different, her vision was to teach young children how to be superheroes in their community.
Inspired by Heroes, Cops and Kids’ mission, Capt. America / Sgt. Merlin Lofton’s vision of Schools of Heroes and Superman /Iron man – Damon Cole, who traveled 11 hours to visit a sick child named Bryce in Illinois, Sofia Hurley found her passion at last. Her unique vision was to create a worldwide community to make young adults and children into young superheroes and inspire them to follow the same footstep of any individuals who try to make a difference through heroic action with a twist of fun by dressing up as superheroes.
Sofia is now back in Dallas after a month and a half trip in the Philippines to resume her duties as PTA President, mom and a dedicated volunteer to Heroes, Cops and Kids as Wonder Woman. She is recently advocating for Hallie and Cline, two young children who are seeking for bone marrow donors, visit http://www.deletebloodcancer.org/en to join Hallie’s Heroes.
Sofia is still continuing to promote We Could Be Heroes community in the Philippines, here in Dallas and everywhere. She is instilling the heroic heart to her son Kelly, who dressed up as Superman and helped her campaign for making heroes out of children, that although no superpowers, we all can give back through caring for one another and giving what source of life we have to someone who needs it.
All of Sofia’s efforts and volunteerism was made possible through the support of her behind the scene hero Patrick Hurley. Joseph Campbell quoted, “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself” so please join Sofia Hurley, be a hero, be a donor and be a volunteer.