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Good News Tuesday for April 26, 2022: Defending Lions, A Miniature Heart, Teacher of the Year, and a Very Supportive Dad

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The Lion Defenders of Tanzania

Lions are classified as vulnerable in Tanzania. But people and livestock are at risk from lions. A project called Lion Landscapes has developed innovative ways to protect lions and help villagers, including a team of Lion Defenders of the Barabaig tribe who track lions to let herders know where the safest grazing areas are. Here’s more from CNN’s Good Stuff.

Miniature Heart Designed to Help in Treatment Research

 A miniature heart replica, built by a Boston University team, will help with heart disease research and treatment. The “mini-pump” is roughly the size of a postage stamp and made from nanoengineered parts and human heart tissue. Here’s more from Boston University (via my 1440 Daily Digest).

Teacher of the Year

There are many excellent teachers all over the world. This one, Kurt Russell of Ohio, was named 2022 “Teacher of the Year” in the US. He talks about engaging students for a diverse education in this video from CBS.

Supportive Dad: She’s Gonna be a Nurse!

Want to see some happy tears? Just watch Shannon Rose and her dad, Mark, as they find out about Shannon’s nursing board exam:

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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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