Quanesha Burks

Quanesha Burks: From McDonald’s to the Olympics!

By Lily Conklin

Quanesha Burks is a determined and faithful young lady. To support her dreams to attend college, she started working at McDonald’s while in high school. And in the hopes of gaining college scholarship money, she began playing sports in High School.  Her strength, attitude, and faith led her from simply having a dream to something…

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“That’s Amazing” – The End Kids Are Just Getting Started!

By Michael Stutman

The End Family, from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, is like many other large families. The kids play together, argue, and compete with each other. But they are different in a few amazing ways. To start, there are 7 children, including 4 boys and 3 girls! And they have some very unique skills! After watching YouTube stars…

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Raegan Lawrence

11 Year Old Raegan Lawrence – COVID Struggles Brings Out Her Very Finest!

By Michael Stutman

Raegan Lawrence is an 11-year-old student and band member at Bonaire Middle School, in central Georgia, USA. Over the past several months, she has used the grief and stress caused by the COVID pandemic to bring out her best and help others in the process. The COVID pandemic has been very hard on Raegan and…

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Jessica Long

Jessica Long – “The Only Disability in Life is a Negative Attitude”

By Michael Stutman

Jessica Long, from Baltimore, Maryland, USA is a champion by all definitions of the word. She is one of the world’s most decorated swimmers.  Jessica was the youngest athlete, at 12 years old, to win a Paralympics medal. And she is now on a mission to inspire the next generation of Paralympic athletes.  But her…

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Jerry Lawson

Jerry Lawson – A Father of Modern Gaming!

By Michael Stutman

You most likely have not heard of Jerry Lawson.  But there is a good chance he has impacted your life!  Especially if you’ve ever played a video game. Childhood Inventions Jerry Lawson had a love of science and invention from a very young age.  And, with support from his family and teachers, he took that…

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Two Blind Brothers – Bradford and Bryan Manning Have Vision to Fight Blindness

By Michael Stutman

When they were 7 years old, Bradford and Bryan Manning were both diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, an eye disease that causes blindness over an extended period of time.  Now in their thirties, the blind brothers have both lost their central vision. They see mostly using their peripheral vision or, in other words, out of the…

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Principal Darby

Principal Darby – Going Way Beyond The Call of Duty to Help Students in Need!

By Michael Stutman

Henry Darby, the Principal of North Charleston High School, learned from a young age to help others in need, without expecting anything in return. And when COVID impacted his students, 90% of whom already live in poverty, he decided to step up. To do so, Principal Darby took on a second job, working the night…

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Gitanjali Rao

Gitanjali Rao – Time’s First Kid of the Year – “If I Can Do It, You Can Do It!”

By Michael Stutman

Gitanjali Rao is a sophomore and avid inventor from STEM School Highlands Ranch in Douglas County, Colorado. In her short life, she has used scientific creativity to address many real-world problems, like lead in drinking water, drug abuse, and bullying. Her amazing accomplishments and spirit were recognized when she was recently selected as Time Magazine’s…

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United We Stand, Divided We Fall – Quotes About Unity in America

By Michael Stutman

It is a time of change in America. The world is watching…and lately, it has not been all that pretty of a sight.  But, beneath that change and disruption is something much, much greater than all of the noise.  There are the timeless values of America including freedom, unity, and bravery.  Our list of quotes about…

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Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman – Using Her Special Gifts to Transform the World!

By Michael Stutman

You may have seen Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old poet, recite her poem “The Hill We Climb” at the recent Presidential Inauguration Ceremony.  Her words and performance were spectacular and were acclaimed across the world.  But what is even more spectacular is the story of how Amanda arrived at this moment and the lessons she offers…

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Kids' Books Can Give Lessons for Life

Life has its ups and downs, and for a kid, the downs can sometimes be overwhelming. Experiences such as a death in the family, a bullying situation, or even a move can have a significant impact on a kid. Oftentimes, when faced with difficult situations, kids are reluctant to express the confusion or frustration they feel and end…

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Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

Almost every day we hear stories about people who have done extraordinary things in their lives. But what we don’t realize is that often these people started out in very ordinary ways. This video shows a number of these ordinary people who went on to do extraordinary things. Additional Resources: Here’s a website that tells the stories of more ordinary people…

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Powerful Role Models – Seven Ways to Make a Positive Impact on Children

Calling all parents! Raising kids is one of the most important jobs you will ever do. You nurture your children, care for them, and teach them the values that will help them grow into great adults. And you also lead by example, serving as a role model, as your kids try to be just like you! So what…

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InventNow.org Is a Children's Invention Community!

The InventNow website is a fun place that has tools and “camps” organized around inventions. It includes helpful information on the process of creating and bringing an invention to market, including links to the US patent office. This video, from the InventNow website, shows a clever invention a young girl created to help her brother! Additional Resources: Here is…

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Livestrong Dares – Take a Dare and Change Your Life!

Livestrong Dares is a program created by the  Livestrong Foundation. It offers a group of dares that challenge people to make improvements in everything from health and fitness to bad habits to relationships. And as people take these dares, they can look to the Livestrong Dares website for support and encouragement. Here is a video in which…

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Butterflies – Inspiring Program That Works with Children In Need

Butterflies is a wonderful program in India that works with kids in need. The program contains four shelters and 12 educational centers for kids. The program helps 1,000 children in New Delhi and is democratic, meaning it allow kids to be involved in decision-making. This video show the Butterflies program in action! Additional Resources: Here is an article that gives…

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Amazing Athletes – Wrestler Rohan Murphy

This is the story of Penn State wrestler Rohan Murphy. His severe disability never interfered with his passion for sports. This video tells Rohan’s story. Additional Resources: Here is Rohan’s website. This video is a Nike commercial featuring Rohan as he aimed to qualify for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. Topics for Discussion: How has Rohan been able…

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Katy Sullivan – 2008 Beijing Paralympian

Katy Sullivan was born without legs, but she didn’t let that stop her from living life to the fullest. After trying out various sports and even successfully pursuing a career in acting, Katy decided to get into running. In March 2006, she got a pair of carbon fiber legs and started running for the first time. In just…

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Norman Vaughan – "Dream Big and Dare To Fail"

Adventurer Norman Vaughan was a member of Admiral Richard Byrd’s 1928 expedition to the South Pole, serving as a dog handler. In 1930, Admiral Byrd named one of the peaks he conquered during his expedition after Norman and two other dog handlers. And it was then that Norman decided he wanted to scale the peak that had been named after him….

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Make Today Great – Read These Short Stories to Inspire You!

When you wake up in the morning and start to think about your day, what kind of day do you want to have? Naturally, everyone wants to have a great day everyday! To make your day great, decide what you can do to make it so. For inspiration, read the short stories in the video and…

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