It is important to empower students with the knowledge that even their smallest actions can make a difference. That kind action and peace can begin with them.


While looking at the power of one, it can be inspiring to look at some of the significant people who, despite adversity, took a stand and were changemakers in the course of history.

One, by Kathryn Otoshi

This is a great read aloud to introduce the idea that it can just take one to make a difference.

Synopsis: Blue is a quiet color. Red’s a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do? When no one speaks up, things get out of hand — until One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count. “One” teaches us about accepting each other’s differences and how it sometimes just takes one voice to make everyone count.

Some Key Difference Makers:

Watch the following rap song about a man named Gandhi.

Research the life and accomplishments of Mahatma Gandhi.

Why is he seen as an important role model and hero in your opinion?

Martin Luter King Jr. leaves a legacy with his non-violent resistance and action against racism. He exemplifies the idea of taking a stand against injustice and the courage that is sometimes required.

Malala Yousafzai is a female education activist and the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Watch the trailer for the movie “He Named her Malala” and do some of your own research on Malala’s life and activism.

How is Malala a difference maker?