Bikes for all
When one of Katie Blomquist’s students at Pepperhill Elementary School told her he couldn’t afford a bike, her heart went out to him. But realizing he likely wasn’t the only kid in the Title I school with the same problem, she hatched a plan: give every student in the school a bike. With the help of a GoFundMe page and bike donations, she raised $80,662 and gave a bike to all 650 kids at the school. Restore your faith in humanity with more heartwarming stories.
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Helping from inside out
Born with the rare genetic condition prune belly syndrome, eight-year-old Natasha Fuller had been going through dialysis for years while waiting for a new kidney. When her parents posted about her problem on Facebook, the story caught the eye of Jodi Schmidt, a third-grade teacher at Natasha’s school. Schmidt got tested and learned she was a match! About a year later, she made a successful transplant, according to the Fond du Lac Reporter.
The sneaky bully stopper
When Glenn Doyle Melton, the blogger behind momastery.com, visited her son’s fifth-grade math teacher, she expected discussions about teaching style and learning beyond the textbook. What she didn’t expect was to learn about how the teacher stopped bullying. At the end of every week, the students wrote down the names of four kids they’d like to sit with the next week, along with the name of someone who had been a star classroom citizen. The teacher was the only one who got to read the answers. To the students’ knowledge, their teacher was just figuring out her seating chart. In truth, though, she was silently fighting bullying. The teacher would analyze the papers for patterns like who no one asked to sit near, who suddenly stopped getting requested, or was never voted for as the good citizen. The routine helps her figure out which students are lonely or being bullied—and which are doing the bullying.