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At this new charter school the students play seasonal sports (as well as weight training, cardio, yoga and core strengthening) for the first three hours each day!  The goal of this very unique high school is to use sports as an academic-engagement tool to drag the highest of the high-risk students back from the precipice of scholastic failure.  The school week is six days long, and all students participate in a mandatory summer program.

Urban Dove Team Charter School in Bedford-Stuyvesant is open to students who are “over-age and under-credited.”  (In New York City, there are nearly 140,000 young people between the ages of 15-21 who have either dropped out of high school or are lacking the course credits necessary for graduation.)  This charter school has three special ed teachers and a social worker, but the critical role is played by the coaches.  Students are divided into “teams”, but their coaches also play the role of adult mentors who travel with the teams through every class during the entire school day, starting with a homework period (all “homework” is done in the morning with the team), and who motivate, guide, and counsel the students.  Coaches promote communication, teamwork, and leadership to help improve students’ confidence and self-esteem, ability to focus, managing of emotions, and consideration of others.

The school’s founder, Jai Nanda, coached basketball in an urban school in the 1990s and noticed that the boys on his team did much better academically during the basketball season and would often drop out completely when the season ended.  Jai began to understand the academic and social power of sports to energize, engage, and educate, which eventually led to this academically successful charter school which uses sports to provide a structured, disciplined environment.   Jai has worked with young people his entire life, and has dedicated his career to improving and enriching their lives.



Research has long shown the health and social benefits of physical activity for young people, but there are growing studies showing that students can better focus their attention and perform better on academic tests after exercise.  Especially morning sports increases kids’ school engagement and cuts way down on truancy.

 

Marty,

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Published in Lifestyle

With College tuition going up every year, any kind of financial support is greatly appreciated.  Ball State University offers one Freshman every year a chance to win free tuition for their first year…The only catch is that they have to make a near-impossible half-court basketball shot!  The University has been doing this for a few years now, but nobody has successfully made the shot.  Markus Burden now has 11,084 (which is how much his tuition is) reasons to be excited now after he became the first student to sink the half-court shot!  An emotional Burton called his mother to tell her the exciting news, as she was equally pleased.  The whole crowd went crazy when he sunk the shot…take a look! J

 

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy

 

Reference: http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/ball-state-freshman-sinks-half-court-shot-free-155533237.html?vp=1

Published in Sports

Lloyd Chen, 17, the valedictorian at Laguna Creek High School and recipient of a full ride to Harvard has overcome enormous obstacles to get to where he is today.

His family immigrated from South Korea to California when he was young.  Lloyd's father was never in the picture, and his mother wasn't able to work so he and his two sisters had to make it on very little.

That didn't stop him though.  Lloyd always took school seriously and studied hard.  His dedication earned him the valedictorian designation at their high school.  While applying to colleges, he did not want to tell his life story because he didn't want anyone to pity him.  His guidance counselor, Alycia Sato, encouraged him to describe his full story because “They need to know everything you’ve overcome.”, she said.

Lloyd applied to Harvard, Yale, MIT, Princeton, Sanford, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and UC Davis…. and he was offered free rides to all of the schools!  That is nearly $3 million in scholarships.

He chose Harvard because “It’s where I felt like I could grow the most as an individual, and because, in Boston, there’s so much vitality.”

And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Lifestyle

It's called the "Little Free Library" and the idea has spread rapidly over the last few years.  These are little boxes shaped like small houses that contain books that anyone can use. 

How does it work?  Anyone can walk up to these libraries and look through the books.  If you find a book that you like, take it and leave a book in exchange.  People love these libraries and the books change every day!

The "Little Free Library" was started by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks in 2009.  Since they created the first one, over 5,000 libraries have appeared around the world (see the map).  You can either create your own library or order one from their website.  These Little Free Libraries have created a sense of community and have encourage people to read!

 


And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Lifestyle

Famous actor and director, Tyler Perry, surprised Finland Middle School students when he showed up to a musical concert and announced that he would donate $100,000 to their student athletes.

Tyler Perry was drawn to the school because their athletics programs were eliminated when they could not pay their fees.  The actor heard that they were desperately trying to raise funds and jumped in to help.  He generosity will make a huge impact on the lives of these kids!

And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Random Good News
Dorian Joyner Jr. was set to graduate from Morehouse College in Georgia on May 19th.  What made this day even more special was that he would be walking next to his father Dorian Joyner Sr. who was also set to graduate from Morehouse College.  in 1988 Dorian Sr was a student at Morehouse College when he took a career in computers instead of finishing his degree.  He worked at law firms, and other major corporations for the next 20 or so years.  His interest in law brought him back to Morehouse to finish his degree.  When on campus, both father and son would support each other, who often shared the same teachers but were never in the same class. 
 

"I'm definitely proud of him," Joyner Jr. said. "I'm proud of him as a man to go back and fulfill a degree. A lot of people his age have a family, have a career and really don't have the time or finance to go back to school. The fact that he took the opportunity to find financing and time to go back to school while maintaining a social life and a family is very astounding. That's hard to do."

Congratulations to the Joyner family, and we wish the luck on their respective career paths.

 

Have a great day and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy

Published in Lifestyle

You can call it an inspiration and a miracle.   Malala Yousafzai, the 15 year old who was shot by Taliban in Pakistan has made a full recovery.  The Taliban attacked her school bus on October 9th, 2012 in order to stop the young women from obtaining an education.

Thanks to an enormous amount of support and the help of British doctors, she has recovered and is able to go to school in Britain. 

"I am excited that today I have achieved my dream of going back to school. I want all girls in the world to have this basic opportunity. I miss my classmates from Pakistan very much but I am looking forward to meeting my teachers and making new friends here in Birmingham.", Malala said.

Malala has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize!

And that's what's good,
Jon

Published in Random Good News

Lane Gunderman, 18, has come a long way.  He was one of the finalists in one of the nation's most renowned science competitions (winning him $8,500) AND he received a full ride to Stanford University! 

It's hard to believe that only six years ago, Lane and his family were living in homeless shelters.  Now Lane is on the up and up :)

His former physics teacher, David Derbes, speaks highly of him stating, "He wants to know stuff, master stuff. And he has an actual ability at it."

Congrats Lane!!!

And that's what's good,
Jon

Published in Science

Great news for you technology enthusiasts!  It's that time of the year again - The 9th annual CarolinaCon starts this Friday, March 15, 2013 at 7PM!  It's a data security and technology education conference in Raleigh, NC. 

This awesome conference is put on by a non-profit called "The CarolinaCon Group" which is dedicated to educating local communities about technology.  The group is affiliated with local 2600 groups on the east coast.

Have fun and spread the knowledge!

And that's what's good,
Jon

Published in Technology

Fred Butler always stressed the importance of education to his children and grandchildren.

“He would give his grandchildren $5 if they got an A to motivate them. Education was very big to him,” his son said.

Unfortunately, Fred himself never had the opportunity to receive an education because he dropped out to support his mother and siblings.  After dropping out in the 8th grade, he worked at a print shop, bowling ally, served in World War II, then worked in the city's water department until retirement.

All of that hard work and wisdom that he obtained over a century paid off recently.  He received an honorary degree from Beverly High School in Beverly, Massachusetts!  On top of that, the city's mayor, Bill Scanlon, declared March 4th "Frederick J. Butler Day"!!

And that's what's good,
Jon

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