"Hello, I'm Dominic Christian Peters, I'm from Willamette Valley Christian School and I'm Oregon's Kid Governor in 2018. I will take questions now.
Dade Middle School, in South Dallas, TX, was among the worst-performing middle schools in its district just a couple of years ago. Plenty of factors matter when considering student performance, and among the most important are family support and the presence of mentorship in students' lives. At Dade, Principal Tracie Washington decided to take action in terms of cultivating mentorship for her middle schoolers. One of her initiatives is an event called "Breakfast With Dads," and the most recent breakfast gathering garnered news attention for a very special reason.
In the bitter cold weather that winter often brings, it can be tempting to cuddle up inside and ignore the frozen outside world. That's not what one anonymous woman in Boston did over the freezing early days of 2018, however. Instead of focusing on herself, this do-gooder decided to help young people in need, by knitting 75 hats that she gave away for free.
Perseverance and hope are among the most inspiring parts of any story, and this one has plenty of both. It's about a brave dog named Watson and his loving family, the Manns, who relied on their hope and on Watson's perseverance to get them through a very trying experience in 2016 and 2017.
The romance between a pilot and a flight attendant is ascending to new heights, thanks to one of the sweetest proposals you'll ever see!
During 2017, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus brought messages of acceptance, joy, and bravery to the American South, in parts of the country that have held onto laws that allow discrimination against LGBTQ Americans longer than most. The 300-person group counts among its members many people of faith, who felt it was important to connect with religious populations in the South through the choral tradition.
For many, the end-of-year holidays are a time for relaxation and feasting, with plenty of home-cooked meals enjoyed among family and friends. For others, however, who have fallen on tough times or experienced a spat of bad luck, Thanksgiving and Christmastime can feel like a reminder of what they don't have, rather than what they do. Preventing those types of sad feelings around the holidays is the mission of Hams for Fams, a charitable organization in New Orleans, LA, whose founders and leadership team is rather unique.
The 2017 wildfires in Northern California were devastating to many families in a number of ways—but in at least one respect, there's some very happy news to report. Animal rescuers have been able to reunite families dozens of pets, who fled during the fires or simply weren't nearby when the rest of the family had to evacuate. Some of the images of the reunions are simply awe-inspiring.