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Good News Tuesday: Teens Save Neighbor, Recycling for School, and a Free Food Forest

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Teens Save 90 Year Old Neighbor from Burning House

High school students Dylan Wick, Seth Byrd, Nick Byrd and Wyatt Hall were hanging out at Wyatt’s house when they stepped outside and smelled smoke. Then they saw the flames coming from the home of their 90 year old neighbor. Two of the boys broke into the house to save her while the other two called 911 and alerted neighbors. Here’s more of the story:

Recycling for Tuition in Nigeria

Families in Lagos, Nigeria who were struggling to pay school tuition can now pay student fees with plastic bottles. A recycling company picks up the plastic bottles, cans, and cartons twice a month. It would be nice if we could get rid of plastic all together, but for now, it’s helping students earn money for school. I’m thankful they have that option. Here’s the story from BBC.

Free Food Forest

Atlanta has turned 7 Acres near a “food desert” into the biggest free food forest in the US. Read more here.

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Good news can be global, local, or personal.

(Next week I’ll be sharing about Canada’s new law that bans the captivity of whales and dolphins.)


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Good News Tuesday: “Zoo”Rescue, Alex Trebek Update, & Art Saves a Town

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Over 200 Animals Rescued from “Roadside” Zoo

“This is the first time in Quebec that animal welfare charges have been made by way of indictment – a type of prosecution reserved for the most serious offenses and which opens the door to more serious penalties.”

Alex Trebek: Progress Update

Alex Trebek is making progress in fighting pancreatic cancer, and it “has to be more than chemo.” He credit’s the tremendous love and support of family, friends, and fans for aiding in his progress. Some of his tumors have shrunk by more than 50%. Mr. Trebek, long time host of Jeopardy,  has vowed to beat the statistics. Here’s an overview from ABC news, and I found the following interview well worth watching.

How an Artist Saved His Town

This story might not be recent, but it’s never too late to make a difference. The government was going to tear down his town, but the “Rainbow Grandpa” started painting the buildings. Now, it’s a tourist attraction.

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/how-97-year-old-artist-used-doodles-to-save-his-beloved-hometown-from-being-torn-down/

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WATWB: Pay What You Can Grocery Store

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Toronto has a Pay What You Can Grocery Store! Chef Jagger Gordon and his volunteer team “rescue” food that would otherwise thrown away.  When the store, Feed it Forward, has leftovers, the volunteers take it to the street to distribute.  Imagine if every city had a Pay What You Can grocery store!

#WATWB is a monthly blogfest promoting positive efforts around the world.

For details, please visit:

https://www.damyantiwrites.com/we-are-the-world-blogfest/

Thank you to our cohosts:  Shilpa Garg, Dan Antion, Mary Giese, Simon Falk , Damyanti Biswas.


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Good News Tuesday: Student Stories

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I’m posting a day early this week as we focus on cleaning out my parents’ old house during a summer-come-early heat wave. Most of the work today will be inside with air conditioning, but I’ll be without internet Tuesday morning. As always, please feel free to share your good news items in the comments. I’ll catch up later this week. Enjoy!

Caring College Classmates

Savannah’s classmates bought her glasses so she can see color and follow her dreams. Watch her reaction!

Sharing the Wealth

Billionaire philanthropist Robert F. Smith promised a grant to pay off student loans for the 2019 Morehouse College graduates.  Apparently  Morehouse  is an all male college, so it’s refreshing that Mr. Smith refers to God as “her” in his speech.

 

Man Graduates with Nursing Degree where he used to work as a Housekeeper

As a teenager, Frank Baez worked as a janitor in a NY hospital. While working, he became interested in the medical field. Now he’s a nurse who says,

“Never give up on your dream.”

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/wellness/story/man-graduates-nursing-degree-university-started-janitor-63077836

 

 


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Good News Tuesday: Diversity, Salt Battery, Therapy Dogs, and a Good Catch

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

 

Diversity Growing at West Point

This year, West Point Military Academy graduates it’s largest class of black women ever!

 

Salt Battery Offers a New Form of Alternative Energy

This story from Associated Press explains how a special type of salt (quicklime) releases large amounts of heat when exposed to water. “The pilot  project in Berlin can currently store enough energy to heat about 100 large houses.”  One advantage to this type of renewable energy is that it does not depend on weather.

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Parkland Students Honor Therapy Dogs

CNN and others report that the dogs who helped students after the Marjorie Douglas Stoneman high school shooting have been given their own yearbook page. I like that they’re giving these helper dogs the recognition they deserve.

See their pics and read about it here.

Grabbed In the Nick of Time

This NY bus driver is paying close attention.  We all need to pay close attention to school buses and their lights.

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Good News Tuesday: Three Rescues

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Teen Swimmers Rescued by a Boat with a Special Name

Tyler and Heather decided to go for a swim off of Vilano Beach, Florida. Their plan was to swim to an offshore island but the powerful current pulled them away. Then they tried to make it to a lighthouse, but they were pulled further out to sea. They linked arms and floated to conserve energy, and they prayed. Thirty minutes after their prayer, they were rescued by a boat named, “Amen.” Sometimes our prayers are answered quickly, sometimes it takes a while. This answer came in the nick of time.

 

 

Quick Thinking and Skill on a Crane Rescues 14 People

Lan Junze, a 19 year old crane operator in China rescued 14 people from a burning building.  I saw this story first at the Good News Network. 

 

37 Spotted Seal Pups Rescued and Released

Found by police three months ago, the seal pups had been captured by traffickers in China to be sold to aquariums, shops and other commercial venues.  Eight suspects were arrested as spotted seals are “now a protected species in China.”

I spotted this story in my Goodnewsletter email which led me to this AP article.

The article gave me a jolt of sadness because all the seal pups could not be saved, but at least 37 were saved and released. Kudos and commendations to the officers who rescued them and the people who cared for released them!

I wish I could’ve found a video with these spotted pups being released, but we can use our imaginations.

Here’s an alternative video of harbor seal pups being released a couple of years ago.

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Good News Tuesday: Adopting a Deaf Puppy, Determined Voting, and Opening Minds with Books

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Nick and Emerson: A Puppy Adoption Story

When Nick Abbott saw a Facebook post about a deaf puppy needing a home, he had to go see him. Nick and Emerson are both deaf. Now, they are family. Nick adopted Emerson and is teaching him sign language.

I found this story first on Good Morning America:

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/living/story/deaf-man-adopts-deaf-rescue-puppy-teaches-sign-62700366

Making Sure Everyone Gets to Vote

Indian officials traveled nearly 70km (45 miles) to make sure one man got to vote in the Indian general election. Four election officials accompanied by a police officer set up a special polling station for Bharatdas Darshandas, a 69 year old priest who lives at a temple in the Gir wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat.  You can read more in this short article from The Guardian

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From Graffiti to Books: Opening Minds of Teen Offenders

Five teenagers were arrested for painting racially charged graffiti on a historic Virginia schoolhouse that had been used by black children during segregation.

The offenders were ordered to read 12 books chosen from a list of 35 and to write an assignment on each of the books they chose. Here’s an excerpt written by one of teens:

I thought a swastika was just a symbol and it didn’t really mean much – not any more. I was wrong and it meant a lot to people who are affected by them. It reminds me of the worst things – losing family members and friends, of the pain of torture, psychological and physical, among that it reminds them how hateful people can be and how the world can be cruel and unfair. Swastikas are also a reminder of oppression, not being heard and being kept down on the ground. Swastikas are also a sign of white power, that their race is above all else, which is not the case.

People should not feel less than what they are and nobody should make them feel that way. I feel especially awful after writing this paper about how I made anybody feel bad. Everybody should be treated with equality, no matter their race or religion or sexual orientation. I will do my best to see to it that I am never this ignorant again.

For more information, please read this article from BBC:

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-47936071