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Inspiring story about an amazing pair – a kid and his mentor

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Mentor

Big Brother of the Century, Tom McElvogue, with four of the kids he mentored and their families. The inspirational executive and father always makes time to make a difference.

Big Brother of the Century award winner, Tom McElvogue, has been a mentor to many kids over the years. Even as a busy executive and father, he has always had time to make a difference as a mentor.

Here’s a great anecdote that Tom shared when he received his Big Brother of the Century award from our local Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring organization. The mentoring ...

Retirees Help Thousands of Veterans – Offers Easy Way for Us to Help Too

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In 2004, Mark and Tori Baird got a knock on their door from a Marine who’d just returned from Iraq. As in, that day.

While the Marine was serving, his wife had been laid off, and upon returning home, he discovered his wife and small children were living without electricity. Hoping to make the $100 to get their electricity turned back on, the soldier was wondering if the Bairds had any jobs around the house he could do to earn the cash.

Mark and Tori offered the Marine $100. He refused to ...

Amazing Special Education Teacher Starts Each Day with Compliments

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Special Education

As you saw in the incredible video above, teacher Chris Ulmer begins every class with compliments for each student.

Ulmer, a special education teacher, has had the same class for three years. In Ulmer’s first year, every day had a theme like “Monday Funday” and “Toast Tuesday.”

Ulmer noticed his kids were always more motivated, happier and better behaved on Toast Tuesdays (when class began with compliments), so he decided every day would start with affirmations for each student. The incorporation of 10 minutes of daily affirmations contributed to significant growth in his class. Students' confidence and self-worth have skyrocketed, some students have begun looking Ulmer in the eye, and students have started complimenting each other regularly.

Famous Failures: 23 Famous Failures to Inspire You

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Don’t be afraid to fail. In fact, failures often lead to success. Take inspiration from both the famous failures and the lesser known failures below. All of these failures were followed by perseverance and enormous successes.

I originally compiled this list of famous failures for my entrepreneurship class. The class curriculum consists of each student starting a businesses. These famous failures were meant to give the class some comfort about failures related to their businesses and the challenges they faced as teenagers.

I hope you also find these famous failures helpful.

Jack Andraka

When he ...

How A Boy’s Small Gift Changed 1000s of Lives – Wonderful Holiday Story from Angel Tree Program

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Angel Tree Program

Charles and Shirley White worked for the Salvation Army in a Lynchburg, Virginia shopping Mall. They provided clothing and toys for children at Christmas time.

The Whites listened to the Christmas wishes of children who might not otherwise get gifts. Then the couple wrote the kids’ gift wishes on cards that featured angels. The cards would hang on a Christmas tree in the mall, and shoppers could take a card to provide gifts for a child. More than 700 kids were served the first year of that program (1979).

When the Whites were transferred to ...

Halloween Act of Kindness with a Teal Pumpkin

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Teal Pumpkin

If you ask me, our family’s biggest risk on Halloween is that our son Jack trips over whatever costume my wife made for him while he runs from house to house.

If you ask Jack, he’d probably say his biggest risk is that we run into friends and stop for a laugh or beer, slowing down his trick or treating.

My wife believes we have two big dangers — that not enough kids come to our door, since I insist on getting a huge supply of candy. And, that I’ll embarrass her with a crazy ...

Hey You! You are Beautiful

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Hey You! You are Beautiful

Hey You! Yes you. The one reading this. You are beautiful, kind, sweet, amazing and simply the best at being you. Never forget that.

(I originally saw a version of this quote in a photo. The quote was written on a whiteboard in the London Underground.)

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World’s Oldest Competitive Sprinter — at 105-Years Young — Breaks World Record

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Hidekichi Miyazaki

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Hidekichi Miyazaki, 105-years young, set the new record as the world’s oldest competitive sprinter. The Japanese man ran a 100 meter-dash in 42.22 seconds at the Kyoto Masters. At the September 23 event, Miyazaki also competed in the shot-put.

Miyazaki took up sprinting in his 90s. Until recently, he held the world record for the fastest 100-meter dash in the 100+ age group.

Miyazaki’s daughter told CNN that he practices every day in the park near his house. He does a 100 meter run and practices the shot put three times during practice.

Miyazaki told CNN he likes to pose in Usain Bolt’s trademark pose, “because it’s cool”.

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If you have another minute to spare, you should check out this hilarious article — Disorder in the Court. Took me one minute to read, and I laughed out loud 3 times.

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This Teacher Has an Awesome Kindness Idea that We Should all Copy

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Here’s Helen Mrosla’s great kindness idea

Give each member of your family, team, class or group a piece of paper with the name of every group member on the piece of paper. Tell each group member to “write what you appreciated about each fellow group member next to the person’s name” (or you can give out notecards and instruct everyone to “write what you appreciate about each group member on a separate notecard”). The leader collects all of the sheets/cards.

Awesome Kindness Idea

All of the comments are organized so each person gets a page (or the cards) with all of the positive comments about them.

Helen discovered that her students cherished these sheets so much that the students kept them and still talked about them a decade later. The parents of one student told Helen that their son took the paper with him when he was deployed and kept it with him the entire time.

People don’t hear how special they are often enough. This act of kindness exercise is a simple way to appreciate others in a lasting and touching way.

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Hilarious Real Life Courtroom Exchanges – Disorder in the Court

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Disorder in the Court

This took me one minute to read, and I laughed out loud 3 times. I figure everyone could use a good laugh, so here’s yours . . .

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