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Good News Tuesday for Sept. 21, 2021 ~ Happy Peace Day! : Lawn Chairs for Peace, Restoring Coral, Italy’s Old Homes, and A Good Sign in the Hosptial Parking Lot

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The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution. To learn more about peace day, visit: https://www.un.org/en/observances/international-day-peace.

Lawn Chairs for Peace

In Minneapolis, Minnesota , community and church folks are helping decrease violence by “seating themselves in lawn chairs on street corners in the most dangerous neighborhoods, and acting as “violence interrupters.” Police statistics show it’s working! Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Restoring Coral

Hoi Ha Wan, near Hong Kong, is now a protected coastal reserve. Past coral mining left nothing for coral to grow on and made restoration unlikely until a team working with Hong Kong university’s architecture department developed an artificial reef using a 3D printing facility. The reef is made from clay tiles. Learn more and watch an interesting video from CNN here.

Old Homes in Italy are Selling for One Euro

Towns in Italy are are selling abandoned old homes for one euro with the agreement for restoration. Read more about this innovative program at the Good News Network.

A Good Sign

Every day Donna was in the hospital for covid with no visitors allowed, her husband Gary stood outside her window with an I ❤ you sign. Donna is back home now and doing okay.

I’m following a story about firefighters working to save the oldest tree in ? California. Hopefully I’ll have good news on that soon. In the meantime, THANK YOU to all the firefighters, first responders, teachers, nurses, doctors, and medical workers doing their best to save lives all over the world.

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Good News Tuesday for Sept. 14, 2021: College for 9/11 Children, Education Reforms in China, Mexico Bans Cosmetic Testing on Animals, A Boy and his Dog, and a Special Chandelier

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Bank Pays Tuition for Children of 9/11

In the aftermath of 9/11/01, the banking firm of Sandler O’Neill that was on the 104th floor in the World Trade Center started a foundation to pay the college tutition for the children of employees who died in the attack. So far, 54 young men and women have had their college tuition paid, with 22 still eligible. The ones who’ve attended or are attending college have gone to many different schools “from Stanford to Notre Dame to community colleges and technical institutes.” The Good News Network has details.

China’s Educational Reforms Aim to Reduce Unhealthy Pressure

China’s Ministry of Education’s published sweeping reforms on Monday such as banning end-of-year exams for 6 and 7 year old children.  It is hoped that the reforms will close educational and finanacial gaps between schools which have led to social distortions and financial burdens for parents. This article includes insights from a reporter who worked in the Chinese private tutoring industry.

Mexico Bans Cosmetic Testing on Animals

Mexico had become the first North American country, and the 41st country worldwide, to ban consmetic testing on animals. Here’s more from Tree Hugger.

13 Year Old Boy Saves Sisters from House Fire (and the Dog Saves the Boy)

When his parents were at the grocery store, Briar saw that the house had caught on fire. He got his four sisters outside to safety, then Mandy, the family dog, led Briar out. Here’s the video:

Nurse Creates Beautiful Chandelier from Vaccine Vials

After working for seven months as part of a Covid vaccinating team, retired nurse Laura Weiss repurposed 300 vaccine vials into a beautiful chandelier. See the best photos of her creation, “Light of Appreciation” in this article from NPR. Here’s a preview:

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Good News Tuesday for Sept. 7, 2021: Solar Apartments, Tree House for Rent, Living Donor Liver Transplant, Silver Medal Donation, and Underwater Sculptures

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Solar Powered Apartments

St. Peter Residential, the first net-zero emission apartment complex in Louisian, has kept the lights on (and more) after Hurricane Ida with solar power. The Good News Network has more about this exceptional and inclusive community.

Boy Rents Out Tree House to Help Support Mom and Others

Nine year old Eli Sylvester has put the tree house he built on Airbnb. He splits the profits 50 -50 with his mother Rachel to hlep with her medical expenses from a traumatic brain injury. Eli also plans to use some of the profits to help feed children this Thanksgiving. Here’s more of the story

Daughter Donated Part of Her Liver to Dad

In 2018, Mike Maudal was told he would need a liver transplant to survive non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) an aggressive liver disease. While waiting for a donor, his condition deterioriated steadily. Then his daughter Molly found out she could give her dad part of her liver. The living donor liver transplant happend last year. Reading this interesting article from Good Monring America, I learned that the partial livers regrow and restore normal liver function in both the donor and the recipient.

Making the Most of Her Silver Medal

Polish javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk auctioned off her silver medal to pay for an infant’s heart surgery. A Polish supermarket won the auction and told her she could keep the medal.

Underwater Sculptures Stop Illegal Trawling

Sustainable fisherman Paolo Fanciulli has placed 39 large sculptures on the ocean floor off Tuscany’s Maremma Regional Park to stop illegal trawling from decimating the fragile ecosystem. Read how it works here, and catch a glipse of the scuptures below.

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Good News Tuesday for August 31, 2021: Teachers Make a Difference, Airbnb Helping Refugees, Rescued from the Bayou, and an Edible Coffee Cup

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Teachers Make a Difference

I’ve been thinking a lot about teachers as in person school starts back in the US. Teachers have a lot to deal with. Today, I’m highlighting two examples (there are many) of teachers doing good work.

Erin Castillo became famous two years ago with her mental health check in chart for students. This year, she’s added an Affirmation Station where students can recognized other students strengths and good works. Erin also encouarages teachers to set a good example by taking care of themselves and showing kids that it’s okay to take a breath and ask for help. You can read more about Erin Castillo in this article from Good Morning America.

Kristen Driemeier and Heather Steighorst, two fourth grade teachers from Missouri, have implemented a simple but great idea for students who might be struggling. They sent a note home encouraging parents to text them, “Handle with Care.” This story also comes from Good Morning America. Thanks GMA for recongizing teachers.

Thank you to all teachers everywhere.

Airbnb to Provide Temporary Housing to Afghan Refugees

Airbnb says it will provide housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees for free.  The housing will be funded through contributions to Airbnb.org and CEO Brian Chesky. Here’s more from NPR.

Rescued from the Bayou

Bryson Byrd of New Orleans was out on a food run when he saw a crowd of people looking at the water. It turns out an elderly man had driven his truck into the bayou. Bryson jumped in and pulled the man out of the water. Here’s more of the story from nola.com/news.

Edible Coffee Cup

A Scottish company called BioBite, makes an edible coffee cupt. It’s a 100-calorie vegan biscuit made with wafer and will stay leak-proof for 12 hours and crunchy for a full 45 minutes. I think they’d be great for smoothies, too. Here’s more from the Good News Network and a short video.

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Good News Tuesday for August 24, 2021: From Mining to Fruits and Flowers, Goodbye Pesticide, Raising Butterflies, and the Cat Who Knew Where to Look

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An Indian Mining Community is Switching from Coal to Forest Fruits and Flowers

The state of Chhattisgarh in India is moving away from opening new coal mines and toward supporing the harvest of forest goods like tamarind, cashew nuts, flowers, and medicinal seeds. Sushma Netam, who oversees the state program has reported an increase in fmaily incomes since setting a minimum price prompts middlemen and traders to pay a fair price. You can read more about this green economy at Good Good Good.

EPA Finally Bans Pesticide Linked to Neuroligical Problems in Children

After years of pressure, the US Environmental Protection Agency is following the scienc to ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos which has been linked to neurological problems in children. The chemical will be banned from food crops, but has not yet been banned for use on golf courses. For details, see US News and World Report.

97 Year Old Encourages Others to Join her in Saving Butterflies

Just a few years ago, Gwen Erickson, 97, of Minnesota started raising and releasing endangered monarch butterflies. She collects the eggs to let them go through metamorphosis in relative safety for a better survival rate. Read more and see her getting a butterfly kiss here in this article from Postbulletin.com.

Cat Helps Rescuers Find 83 Year Old Woman

Piran, a black cat whose 83 year old guardian went missing was meowing persistently by a gate to a cornfield. When rescuers searched the field, they found where the woman had fallen into a ravine. Here’s the video:

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Good News Tuesday for August 17, 2021: A Kidney Donation Beyond Borders, Stories of Gratitude, Peseverance, and Trust from the Olympics, and Choosing Your Own Headline

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Israeli Teacher Donates Kidney to Palestinian Boy

Idit Harel Segal, an Israeli kindergarten teacher and mother-of-three, wanted to do something meaningful for her 50th birthday. She decided to donate a kidney to a 3-year-old Palestinian boy from the Gaza Strip. Read more about Segal and her decision here.

Olympic Medal Winner Expresses Gratitude for Truck Drivers

India’s Mirabai Chanu who won an olympic silver medal for weightlifting expressed appreciation to 150 truck drivers who gave her free rides from her village to the training center 15 miles away. This article from Mint provides details and Mirabai’s reminder: “Never forget a favor.”

The Fastest Blind Man in the World

There’s a new documentary coming out about “the fastest blind man in the world.” The film titled Unteathered tells about David Brown who lost his sight by the age of 13 due to Kawasaki disease. Jerome Avery, David’s training buddy of 15 years, was recently inured, so David will have a new trainer in the paralympics next month. You can read more about this extraordinary athlete, trust, and brotherhood in this article from the Good News Network. Be sure to take a look below at the trailer for Unteathered.

PS: I found something good on Facebook. It touches on why I do Good News Tuesday:

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Good News Tuesday for August 10, 2021: Bury the Lines, Neurodiversity in the Workplace, Teaching from a Bus, and a Response to Bullying

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Electric and Gas Company to Bury 10,000 Miles of Line to Reduce California Fire Risk

Pacific Gas and Electric Company has announced plans to bury 10,000 miles of their lines underground. It is hoped this will significantly reduce risk of fires. The initiative will also allow more of California’s trees to grow naturally. The Good News Network has more.

Google to Hire More People with Autism

Google is launching a new program to hire more people with autism. The plan includes working with Stanford University’s Neurodiversity Project to train Google Cloud managers and interviewers. Here’s more from Disability Scoop.

Beyond the Classroom, Beyond Zoom, this Preschool Teacher Teaches from a Renovated Bus

Several months after her school was shut down by COVID, preschool teacher Jerilee Melo found an old 70s style bus on Facebook Marketplace and renovated it into a mobile classroom. She parks the bus at a certain locations for small groups of students and utilizes the surrounding environments as much as possible. Enjoy these details and photos from Good Morning America.

A Seven-Year-Old’s Response to Bullying

Rowyn Montgomery was bullied in first grade. His response was to make inspirational videos to help other kids cope. Here’s the story:

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Good News Tuesday for August 3, 2021: Hydrogen Power at the Olympics, Sharing the Gold, Old Growth Forests, and Students Build Wheelchair Stroller Attachment

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Hydrogen is Powering the Olympic Village

At the International Olympic Village in Tokyo, hydrogen fuel cells power dormitories, cafeterias, stadiums, a hotel, and a fleet of vehicles. This power source, not to be confused with hydro-electric power, produces no emissions of any kind except water, which can be used to irrigate agriculture or gardens. After the games, the village will be “converted into hydrogen-powered flats, a school, shopping center, and more.” Learn more from the Good News Network.

Sharing the Gold

Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi and Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim tied for first place in the men’s high jump competition in Tokyo. Instead of competing in a jump-off to decide who would receive the gold medal and who would get the silver, the Qatari athlete asked an official “Can we have two golds?” Going outside the box, the athletes ended up sharing the gold medal. This article includes details and moving photos of the two athletes who are also friends.

US Stops Old Growth Timber Sales in Largest Temperate Rainforest

The US Department of Agriculture announced in July to stop large-scale old growth timber sales in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, 9.3 million acres of the world’s largest temperate old growth rainforest. For more information and phenomenal tree photo, visit the Good News Network.

Students Design and Build Wheelchair Stroller Attachment

High school students in Maryland designed and built a wheelchair stroller attachment so that people with disabilities can walk their babies. The idea came about when the students found out their theatre teacher, Chelsie King was expecting a baby, and her husband Jeremy has impaired mobility. You can read more about it here at CNN and/or enjoy this video:

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Good News Tuesday for July 27, 2021: Madrid’s Green Ring, Woman Rescued from Sinking Car, Recycled Barbie, and a Special Proposal

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Madrid is Building a Green Forest Ring Around the City

In Madrid, they’re starting work on a green ring of indigenous trees around the perimeter of the city as part of a bigger plan to absorb and reduce C02 emissions and to address climate change. You can read more about it from the Good News Network or watch this video:

Police Officers and Good Samaritan Rescue Woman from Sinking Car

Police officers and a good Samaritan rescued a woman from a half submerged car that had flipped over and landed in a Florida River. Here’s the story and a video from the Good News Network.

Recycled Barbie

A new line of Barbies is made from 90% recycled plastic. Mattel’s goal is to create “a sustainable, 100% recycled material for Barbie and its packaging” by 2030. That shouldn’t be too hard. Here’s more about recycled Barbie.

Exoskeleton Helps Paralyzed Man Propose

Josh was paralyzed from the chest down seven years ago in an accident. With the help of an exoskeleton, he was able to get down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend, Grace.

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Good News Tuesday for July 20, 2021: Saying No to Oil, Fixing Old Cars, and A Girl and Her Dog

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Saying No to Oil

A major Oil Company in India and the country of Greenland have decided stop looking for oil and plan to invest more in renewable Energy.

“The age of fossil fuels, which powered economic growth globally for nearly three centuries, cannot continue much longer. The huge quantities of carbon it has emitted into the environment have endangered life on Earth.”

Mukesh Ambani Chairman of Reliance Industries

The Good News Network brings us details on this story.

Doing What He Can

Restaurant owner Eliot Middleton of South Carolina is also a trained mechanic. He rehabs old cars and gave 32 cars to rural families where there is no public transportation, no taxis and no Uber. Then CBS did a story about him, and the donations are pouring in.

A Girl and Her Dog

Bella was born with morquio syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes a person’s muscles progressively waste away, along with other painful health issues. Watch what a difference a Great Dane named George has made in her life. “Before George, Bella’s leg muscles were quickly deteriorating, but her family says after six months with him, her legs were strong enough to hold her own weight. “

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