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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 23, 2020: Mental Health 911, Zoom On, Solar Schools Raise Teacher Pay, Solar Windows from Vegetable Waste, and TWO Animal Videos!

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

New York Program to Deploy Mental Health Experts to Mental Health 911 Calls

A pilot program to begin early next year has started training mental heath workers and EMTs to be the first responders in mental health 911 calls instead of police. The goal will be to de-escalate the crisis and help get people the help they need. If there is a weapon or imminent risk of violence, NYPD officers will respond alongside the mental health workers.

Here’s more from NBC New York .

Zoom On for Thanksgiving

CNN reports that Zoom is lifting its 40 minute limit for free calls on Thanksgiving.

Schools Save Money with Solar Panels and Raise Teacher Pay

“An Arkansas school district saved so much money from switching to solar power for their buildings, they were able to bump up their teachers’ salaries and eliminate their budget deficits.” Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Student Makes Solar Windows from Vegetable Waste

A University student from the Philippines, Carvey Maigue, invented solar solar windows that transform crop waste into renewable electricity. Further fascination for me comes with noting this process is related to the phenomena creating the Northern lights. Learn more from this article from Esquire which I originally found in my Goodnewsletter.

Walter Made it Home!

Walter was missing for almost a year. He got away while Kate Olson, who lives in New Hampshire, was visiting St. Louis with Walter. Kate extended her stay in St. Louis to look for Walter, but had to return home and continued to search through social media. After missing for almost a year, Walter was caught by Lost Paws Trapping. Here’s the reunion:

Bonus Video: Rescued Swan Rides to Safety on the Subway

Ariel Cordova-Rojas carried a 17 pound swan in one arm while walking her bike with the other for a mile until she found help. Then they took the subway to a bird rescue where it was discovered the swan had lead poisoning, but is doing okay now. Here’s the video:

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

11 thoughts on “Good News Tuesday for Nov. 23, 2020: Mental Health 911, Zoom On, Solar Schools Raise Teacher Pay, Solar Windows from Vegetable Waste, and TWO Animal Videos!

  1. I especially loved Filipino university student Carvey Maigue’s AuREUS system for transforming rotten fruit and vegetables into clean, renewable electricity. How innovative! Solutions exist. We’ve just got to find them.

  2. Reading about the students making solar windows gives me hope.

  3. The 911 Mental Health service looks a good one.

  4. Thank you for this post. Especially liked the rescued swan clip.

    • You are very welcome. I almost forgot I had saved the swan clip and so glad I remembered. It gave me a good feeling imagining the swan being carried all that way to safety. Thanks for appreciating the good news with me.

  5. Lots of great news, JoAnna! That solar window story is particularly compelling. I’ll come back to read it.

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