See Football Player’s Sweet Proposal for Special Needs Friend
Apr21

See Football Player’s Sweet Proposal for Special Needs Friend

NATALIA, Texas – Luis Velasquez is a Texas high school student and he created arguably the sweetest promposal ever. For those unfamiliar with the term, a “promposal” is when students ask each other to prom, most of the time in elaborate ways. It was the thoughtfulness behind the way he asked that will pull at your heartstrings. Tiffany is a special-needs student at the high school. Luis decided to ask Tiffany to prom and went as far as to ask her grandparents for permission. He even got the school principal to help out. Luis’ mom Jessica said Tiffany has been sweet to Luis for a long time. She’s baked cookies for Luis on holidays and they’ve been friends since 7th grade. During a practice fire drill, Luis had students line a sidewalk with a large sign spelling out “P-R-O-M?” for Tiffany. He also had roses in her favorite colors (pink and blue) and her favorite song play: Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are.” If that’s not kind enough, Luis comforted a visibly overwhelmed Tiffany as he led her down the sidewalk. Watch the video above to see Luis’ grand gesture for Tiffany. Luis’ mom said she, her husband, and Tiffany’s grandparents are working to make sure prom night is one Tiffany will always remember. “He came to me and said, ‘Mom, I want to ask Tiffany to prom because she’s a good person and she deserves it,” Luis’ mom said. Since the video was posted, Jessica said people have been reaching out with offers to help make the day great. Source:...

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Teacher With Secret Modeling Career Uses Newfound Attention To Buy Books For Students
Apr19

Teacher With Secret Modeling Career Uses Newfound Attention To Buy Books For Students

This teacher is using his new fame to promote a very selfless cause. Samuel Pearce, 24, made headlines earlier this month when it was discovered that during his time away from teaching middle school students, he was working as a runway model under the name “Sam Worthen.” The Brooklyn-based English teacher has used the buzz he’s received for a greater purpose — raising money to buy books for his students, he told The Huffington Post in an email. Samuel Pearce on the runway. The 24-year-old, who’s modeled for big names including Diesel and Alexander McQueen, started a GoFundMe campaign earlier this month, and raised $5,255 in 72 hours. Pearce told HuffPost that he has placed the first order of books, a total of 30 titles, and expects his students to have new ones by Monday. “There are so many hardworking teachers and students who would benefit from outside funding. I am fortunate to have received publicity,” the dedicated teacher told HuffPost of the reception to his campaign. “I am surprised and deeply grateful.” Pearce explained to HuffPost that he’s long been brainstorming ways to bring more books to his students, as many of them didn’t have copies at home, as well as allow them to request titles, piquing their interest in reading. When news of his two professions broke, he said he felt uneasy about his students finding out about his other identity, but was inspired by his agent to look at things a bit differently. “I didn’t see how my students knowing that I’m a model could possibly benefit them,” Pearce said of the initial publicity. “I called my agent, George Brown, who at some point said the phrase ‘public cause.’ That sparked the connection in my head: to accept publicity and use it to raise money for my kids.” The teacher is challenging his 67 students to read a total of 300 books as a class by mid-June. While the fundraiser was a success, Pearce explains that many other passionate teachers have trouble getting materials to their students, and hopes that people will help other educators raise money for adequate supplies. Source:...

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When You Listen to a Child
Apr14

When You Listen to a Child

My younger daughter and I were the first ones to arrive home from an evening swim meet. Although I knew my husband would be arriving shortly with my mom and older daughter, my heart was heavy that I had to come home first. I had an overwhelming feeling of dread about what I might find. My dad, who was visiting from Florida, had fallen ill that afternoon and was not able to go to the meet. Although he’d promised not to descend the stairs while we were gone, I couldn’t help but worry about my 74-year-old diabetic father during the swim meet. That feeling of angst I’d endured for hours was now going into overdrive as my daughter and I ascended the stairs. We expected to find my dad sleeping soundly, but his bed was empty. My perceptive child knew what she saw was not good. “Uh-oh. Where’s Paw Paw?” she asked with wide eyes and concern in her voice. I swallowed hard. “Oh, I am sure he is around her somewhere,” I said forcing myself to sound light-hearted even though the feeling of panic in my chest was now nearly suffocating. “Why don’t you go to your bedroom and put on your pajamas while I look for Paw Paw?” I suggested, not knowing what condition we might find my dad in. After putting up a brief protest about wanting to help look for her grandpa, my child obliged. As soon as she reached her bedroom, I bolted down the stairs. I immediately noticed the front door was unlocked—which was not how we left it. My mind immediately imagined my dad wandering the neighborhood in a disoriented state or lying face down in the grass. I quickly scanned the street and yard but saw no sign of him. Now more worried than ever, I fought the urge to scream my dad’s name like a maniac. Instead I returned to the house and searched every room. When I’d run out of places to look, my eyes began to water. But I knew this was no time to cry or fall apart. I willed myself to stay calm, and that’s when it hit me. My dad’s favorite place to sit was the back porch. Even on the hottest afternoons in the south, my dad would sit there contentedly gazing at the trees and catching a catnap. I raced to the backdoor and immediately felt fear’s intense grip release from my racing heart. There sat my dad, hands folded and head bowed in peaceful slumber. My hand hastily reached for the doorknob, but I didn’t turn it. I just stood there for...

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This blind man creates vibrant paintings just by using his sense of touch.
Apr14

This blind man creates vibrant paintings just by using his sense of touch.

Nothing is impossible! This blind man creates vibrant paintings just by using his sense of touch. Follow the link below and witness something truly inspirational… https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=907222272657174 Source: HLN tv...

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When His Human Got Stuck In Mud, This Pooch Heroically Helped Fish Him Out
Apr07

When His Human Got Stuck In Mud, This Pooch Heroically Helped Fish Him Out

Here’s a good reminder: when leaving home, always bring your cell phone, and always bring your dog. A man got stuck in the mud and water last weekend at Buck Creek State Park in Springfield, Ohio while taking down duck blinds, the covers that hunters use to stay out of sight of their prey. The man, whose name hasn’t been released, used his cell phone to call 911. But when emergency responders arrived, the water was too shallow to get a rescue boat out to where he was stuck, up to his chest, in water that one official said was about 33 degrees. Meanwhile, “the dog was running back and forth, a nervous wreck with his owner out there,” said Kathy Bartlett, assistant fire chief for the Moorefield Township Fire Department. A wildlife officer thought to try attaching the a rope to the dog’s collar, Bartlett said. As you can see in video from local TV station WDTN, it worked — and the dog swam the rope to his owner, who was soon freed. Travis Martin, a supervisor for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ watercraft division, which took part in the rescue, said that if the ordeal had gone on much longer than two hours, the man might not have walked away from the scene. “He could have been in danger of suffering hypothermia,” Martin says. “Luckily he had his cell phone. And his dog.” Source:...

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