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Adora Svitak – What Adults Can Learn From Kids

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children, not just teach them. A prolific short story writer and blogger since age seven, Adora Svitak (now 12) speaks around the United States…

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Charlie Simpson – 7-year-old Raises More Than $100,000 for Haiti in One Day!

Charlie Simpson, aged 7, is a super-fundraiser. He has raised over $100,000 on a sponsored bike ride for the relief effort in Haiti. Check out his story in this video. Additional Resources: Here is an article about Charlie and his amazing fundraising effort. Here is another article about Charlie. Topics for Discussion: What made Charlie…

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Inspiring Graduation Speech by Autistic Student

Doctors didn’t offer Judith and Dennis Duquette much hope about their son, Eric. He was autistic, they explained, and likely would end up in an institution. “Good call,” the 18-year-old salutatorian joked at his graduation Tuesday. “Today I stand before you accepted into every institution of higher learning that I applied to, so I guess, in a way,…

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Heroes in Hard Times!

Even in hard times, there are people in the world who manage to step up and take positive action to help others.  Despite difficulty, they do their part to help others endure their hardships. In so doing, these inspirational people help make the world a better place. This video is a tribute to the many heroes…

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Johnny Strange – Youngest Person Ever to Climb the Seven Summits

“Impossible is nothing,” says former Cub Scout Johnny Strange. Indeed, he lived out those words last summer when he climbed Mount Everest and Australia’s Mount Kosciuszko. By conquering those two peaks, Johnny became the youngest person ever to climb the Seven Summits — the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents. This video tells…

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Sargeant Merlin German – A Profile in Courage and Perseverance

In 2005, while serving in Iraq, Sargeant Merlin German nearly died in a roadside bombing. He suffered severe burns over most of his body. But he bravely battled back and was awarded the Purple Heart. In April 2008, German died suddenly after a procedure to graft skin onto his lip. He was only 22 years old. This…

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Persistence…..Overcoming Life's Challenges

It is easy to be strong and brave when life is going your way and everything seems just right. But when things get tough, many people find that the strength and courage they thought they had have disappeared. However, there are other people who are truly inspirational in their ability to rise to the challenge when life…

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Jason O'Neill – Giving Back for a Great Cause

Teddy bears fill the home of child entrepreneur Jason O’Neill. The teddy bears are every size, shape, and color, and they nearly take over the house. This is because Jason collects these teddy bears in order to donate them to sick children at Christmastime. This video tells the story of Jason and his Christmas teddy bear drives. Additional Resources: Here’s…

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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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