Volunteers and local youth cut lawns for free for the elderly, disabled veterans and single moms
Rodney Smith Jr. of Huntsville, Alabama, was driving home one day during the summer of 2015 and saw an elderly man struggling to cut his lawn. Rodney stopped to help and an idea was born. Rodney began recruiting local youths to help, and his group of kid volunteers currently numbersContinue Reading
Bishops, Knights, and Rooks in the barbershop!
Bishops, Knights, and Rooks in the barbershop! 12-year-old Cahree Myrick practices chess in a local Baltimore barbershop run by Sundiata Osagie. Osagie described chess as a “staple” at his barbershop. “That’s just the culture we’ve developed around here. People will just stop in and say: ‘Who’s playing chess? Who’sContinue Reading
The Buddy Bench Brings Friends Together
A simple idea to combat loneliness on the school playground – the buddy bench! Christian, a first grader, saw a picture of a pretty bench, had an idea, and approached his principal. He knew that some kids looked like they were lonely at recess, and he thought that a bench,Continue Reading
Terminal illness doesn’t stop man from repairing and donating bicycles to children in need
What would you do if told you only had months to live? Bob Charland, 44, was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative brain disease earlier this year. Hearing that he had an aggressive terminal illness rocked his and his family’s world, but he rebounded, deciding to make the time he has leftContinue Reading
2017 Janitor of the Year inspires students and faculty
Ted Qualli, the 66-year-old janitor at Newtown Elementary School, knows the names of every one of the school’s 850 students. Of course he is the first person to arrive in the morning and the last person to leave at night. But he does much more than cleaning classrooms. He wearsContinue Reading
Chicago Cubs star player creates two endowed funds at Children’s Hospital
Some professional athletes spend their money on luxury homes, cars, and vacations, but the Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo thought of something better. Rizzo announced a $3.5 million commitment to create two endowed funds at a children’s hospital in Chicago. One fund will provide grants on a case-by-case basis for familiesContinue Reading
High School Students work on a project to create solar-powered shelters for the homeless
Twelve students from San Fernando High School, a math, science, and technology magnet school in the Los Angeles area, spent all last year working on a project to create solar-powered shelters for the homeless. These16 and 17 year old girls are mostly from low-income families, and are either the daughtersContinue Reading
From Compton to Harvard!
“It was a struggle. It was rough,” Elijah says of his time growing up in Compton, where only a little over half of students graduate high school. He remembers a defining moment when he was little: “It was kind of late at night, my mom ran into my room, andContinue Reading
FSU Football recruit is special on and off the field
Bo Paske, a 6th grade student at Montford Middle School in Tallahassee, is autistic. He’s a sweet child with a smile and hug for everyone. For whatever reason, he almost always sits alone at the lunch table. His mother thinks his autism in some ways shields him from noticing heContinue Reading
Student earns a bachelor’s degree before receiving her high school diploma!
Raven Osborne is the first student in the history of Indiana to earn a bachelor’s degree before receiving her high school diploma! A week before she gets her diploma in May, she’ll be graduating from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in early childhoodContinue Reading