Month: June 2018

A teacher’s dying wish helps hundreds of needy kids with backpacks and school supplies

She always referred to her students as “her kids.” So even in death, Tammy Waddell is making sure they’re taken care of. Waddell, a teacher in Forsyth County, Georgia, lost a battle with colon cancer earlier this month. Two weeks before she died, she told her son that she didn’t want flowers at her funeral. Instead, she wanted people to bring backpacks full of school supplies for needy students. “This was just the kind of teacher she was, and this is a reflection of her heart. She was a teacher first, all the way,” her cousin Brad Johnson told...

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Meet the farmworker’s daughter who just landed a $350K scholarship to Stanford

SALINAS, Calif. — Everett Alvarez High School’s valedictorian will attend Stanford University this fall, and one of the world’s richest couples will be picking up the $350,000 tab. Salinas-native Angela Gomez, 17, is just one of two Monterey County students to receive the Gates Scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation this year. It covers all college costs through graduation, including tuition, room and board, travel to and from campus, along with other related educational expenses, according to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. “This means I have more liberty to study what I want and to pursue passions of mine that are...

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This Just in! These Are the 10 Nicest Places in America of 2018

Austin and Mower County, Minnesota Even in a state known for ‘Minnesota Nice,’ the people of Austin and the surrounding Mower Countystand out for their friendliness and generosity. The local PayItForward initiative has helped raise money for a baby with brittle-bone disease, replaced a stolen snowblower for an elderly resident, and built brand-new bathrooms for six local families at no charge. And that’s just for starters. Now in its fifth year, the nonprofit isn’t slowing down anytime...

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Bride and Groom Flee Fire on Their Wedding Day With Ring and Gown

A bride and groom – along with their entire wedding party – fled a burning house on the morning of their wedding, but thanks to some quick thinking, they were still able to get married just hours later. “I grabbed my truck keys, my wallet and my wedding ring,” Matthew Denakins, who is stationed at Fort Benning in Georgia, told InsideEdition.com. “The room was filled of smoke, there was lots of commotion. I grabbed the few things I could and ran outside.” Matthew and his bride, Coral, explained they had brought their 15 relatives to her parents’ house North Potomac,...

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State Troopers Gift 4-Year-Old With New Stuffed Animal After He Lost His

State Troopers in Rhode Island gifted a boy with a new stuffed animal cheetah after his flew out the window while he driving home with his family. Stephanie Ketcher said she was driving home to Brooklyn when her son, 4-year-old Will, accidentally dropped his toy cheetah out of the car window in Rhode Island. Will was devastated so his family sat down to write a letter to the Rhode Island State Police, not expecting to receive a response. Will even drew a picture of the toy, named Roger, so police would know what he looked like. State troopers decided...

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