Teacher Gives Student Shoes Off His Own Feet for Graduation

Graduation ceremonies come with a jumble of emotions. One Virginia fifth grader’s potential disaster turned into a happy memory thanks to the kindness of a teacher.

When a student’s shoe broke moments before he was to walk across the stage, Vohn Lewis came to the rescue. Lewis, a substitute teacher, removed his shoes and gave them to the soon-to-be sixth grader so he could accept his diploma.

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Students Get School Credits for Helping with Yard Work

The Alternative Learning Center in Dubuque, Iowa, gave kids a unique way to earn P.E. credits. One of those optional activities was doing yard work.

Instead of sweating it out in the gym, students cut grass, cleaned gutters, and pulled weeds. Outdoor tasks were completed on a volunteer basis for the elderly and disabled, giving kids a chance to help their community.

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Kids Drive Themselves into Surgery

Surgery is stressful at any age, and it’s especially tough when you’re a kid. One California hospital is fulfilling dreams while completing successful procedures.

Doctors Medical Center puts kids in mini cars to drive themselves into the operating room. The move alleviates stress for the kids and puts smiles on the faces of doctors and families.

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High School Senior Earns Diploma Alongside His 91-year-old Grandfather

Pete Sabedra, 91, left high school eight decades ago to help support his family after his father died. The then eighth-grader lacked education, but not gumption. Sabedra took a job on the railroad and then enlisted in the military.

Following his retirement in 1985, the World War II veteran began studying for his GED. He’s now earned that honor alongside his grandson, Kace, who graduates from the same Pennsylvania high school, both members of the class of 2019.

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Girl Saves Best Friend One Day After Learning Heimlich Maneuver

Third-grader Shailyn Ryan learned the Heimlich maneuver in school and was able to put her skills to the test the following day, saving her best friend’s life.

Ryan was having lunch with Keira Silvia at their school in Massachusetts when Silvia’s face turned red as she began to choke on a hot dog. Ryan jumped into action and began performing the Heimlich maneuver she’d learned only 24 hours prior.

Thanks to her friend’s quick thinking and new skills, Silvia survived.

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Woman Gives Kidney to Man Who Helped Rescue Her Daughter

When Becca Bundy’s 1-year-old daughter was having a seizure, it was volunteer firefighter Bill Cox who came to the rescue. Two years later, it was Bundy who answered the call to save the hero fireman.

Mr. Cox was in end-stage renal failure when the two crossed paths again in their Minnesota hometown. After learning of Cox’s condition, Bundy couldn’t pass up the opportunity to say “thank you” in the only way she knew how. After testing, she proved to be a perfect match for Cox and has since donated a healthy kidney to the fireman.

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Deaf Man Rescues Deaf Puppy and Teaches Him Sign Language

Nick Abbot, a 31-year-old Maine resident who was born deaf, fell in love with a six-week-old Florida puppy named Emerson after seeing the dog and his story on Facebook. Emerson had suffered seizures and an infection as a pup, both of which may have led to a hearing impairment.

Feeling a connection to Emerson, Abbot adopted the dog and is teaching him to sign. So far, Emerson has mastered the commands “sit,” “come over” and bark.

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Girl Born Without Hands Wins Handwriting Contest

Sara Hinesley’s beautiful cursive penmanship stood out, and that’s how she took home the Nicholas Maxim Award at the 2019 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.

Even more impressive, 10-year-old Sara must hold a pencil between the ends of her arms to write because she was born without hands.

Sara, who does not use prosthetics, took home $500 in prize money and hopes to inspire other children with disabilities.

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Chipper is a Rescue Dog that Loves to Recycle

Chipper, a social media influencer, is doing his part to help the planet. That’s big news for anyone, but it tends to really make headlines when you’re a dog.

Chipper is an 8-year-old rescue with an affinity for picking up trash. His owner, Katie Pollak, noticed Chipper loved to pick up plastic bottles as a pup, so she encouraged it.

Today, Chipper and Pollak hit the wilderness with trash bags and spend their free time hiking and recycling.

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Short Hand-written Letters Make a Big Difference

While home recovering from surgery, a retired Utah school teacher helped others. Googling for volunteer opportunities, Lisa Arrington-Radulovich stumbled upon a way to give back as she healed. On, she penned handwritten letters anonymously to women undergoing breast cancer treatment. One letter turned into two, then three, and then hundreds. Her goal is to hand-write 1,000 letters.

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Our Mission: Inspiring Our Neighbors

We provide rental housing for over 1,200 people, and our staff believes that housing is the most fundamental of needs. Almost all of our staff lives in our communities, and each morning we are there as residents embark on their day. We expect our residents to pass on to others the good service, good deeds, and acts of kindness we provide every day. Our staff works hard to inspire our residents so that they can inspire others. Like a pebble dropped into a pond, the staff’s deeds spread across our properties, to our neighbors, down our blocks, and into the entire region.