• (Instagram/@thebenevolentone3)(Instagram/@thebenevolentone3)

    One high school student went out of his way on social media to make a difference for his classmates and no one knew about it until graduation.

    Konner Sauve gave his fellow students a real shock during his graduation speech a couple of weeks ago. Sauve, the co-valedictorian of East Valley High School in Yakima, Washington, told his class he was behind the Instagram account where kind thoughts were shared about his fellow students, ABC News reported.

    For nearly an entire year, Sauve anonymously posted pictures and kind words about students from his school on an Instagram account under the username @TheBenevolentOne3.

    “I wanted to focus on the better aspects of people,” the 18-year-old told the news outlet. “To shed positive light on each individual, make them feel appreciated, and to know that someone cares.”

    (Instagram/@thebenevolentone3)(Instagram/@thebenevolentone3)

    The teen shared over 650 photos of his classmates with every post featuring a caption of what makes them great. He managed to complete each student in the class of 2014, 2016,

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  • Photo: Sara StevensPhoto: Sara Stevens

    Whenever Ruby Stevens’ mother walks by her room in their Scarborough home she gets a whiff of chlorine and it makes her smile.

    “It’s an endearing quality of Ruby that that smell (of chlorine) permeates her daily life and I think it will always remind me of her,” says Sara Stevens, Ruby’s mother. “It makes me smile.”

    Smiles are never to be taken for granted and neither is the role of the swimming pool in Ruby’s life as it has helped her through challenging times. Two years ago, Ruby was struggling to fit in at school and had difficulty focusing on her class work as she dealt with seizures due to epilepsy, as well as Asperger’s Syndrome, ADD, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. At just 10 years-old, Ruby had an emotional breakdown and she talked about killing herself.

    “It was very hard for us when Ruby had her breakdown. She was hearing voices in her head that were telling her she was a bad person and that she was worthless. The voices were loud and constant. She was sad, frustrated, and

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  • Local buses such as this will be converted into homeless shelters. (Bored Panda)Local buses such as this will be converted into homeless shelters. (Bored Panda)

    One man’s bus is another man’s home.

    Old city buses in the ‘Aloha State’ of Hawaii will be refurbished into transitional shelters for the homeless, if Group 70 International is successful, reports Hawaii News Now.

    “The idea is to convert them into living, sleeping, showering, recreational facilities,” Ma Ry Kim told the news outlet.

    Instead of making each bus into a living space complete with all the amenities, the vehicles are set to operate in fleets, with different purposes allocated to different units.

    “We’re fitting some out to be bathrooms and showers, we’re fitting some out to be sleeping areas,” said Kim. “And the design completely folds away like a little Japanese tatami mat.”

    The builders will be made up of a team of volunteers, and everything — from the buses to the supplies — is being donated by a host of organizations.

    “The entire design is based on the premise that you could walk in to a hardware store, buy everything you need in one go and build everything with no trade

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  • Parents make late son's dreams of helping children in need become a reality

    “I wish Mohamed was on the side of me to see his dreams come true."

    Mohamed Fofana's parents are turning the boy's dreams into a reality (YouTube)Mohamed Fofana's parents are turning the boy's dreams into a reality (YouTube)

    A little boy’s dreams are being realized thanks to a notebook he left behind before he tragically died.

    In 2013, 10-year-old Mohamed Fofana was killed in a landslide during a school field trip when part of a Mississippi River bluff collapsed as he and a few others hunted for fossils at Lilydale Regional Park, reports MPR News.

    In the wake of his death, Mohamed’s mother, Madosu Kanneh, happened to stumble upon a journal in which her son had written. In one of the entries that caught her eye, Mohamed wrote about what he would do if he were president:

    “I would do everything, and I would give money so school kids can read. And I would give money to the poor people. I would build soccer fields for schools to play in,” Kanneh said, reading from Mohamed’s small, handmade journal.

    Immediately after discovering the book, Kanneh called her husband, Lancine Fofona, to share what she had found.

    Mohamed’s outlook on the world changed after he had visited his father’s hometown in Guinea in 2010,

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  • High school students create prosthetic arm for four-year-old girl

    “[The students] created a world of opportunities and possibilities."

    Maeli Gottschalk gives the thumbs up after receiving her new prosthetic arm. (Instagram/@marandatv)Maeli Gottschalk gives the thumbs up after receiving her new prosthetic arm. (Instagram/@marandatv)

    Most high school seniors spend their last few months dreaming of graduation and how to escape as quick as possible.

    But for a group of Michigan teens, those last long weeks and hours were spent using a 3-D printer to create a prosthetic arm for 4-year-old Maeli Gottschalk.

    During spring break Maeli’s mother Laura, an elementary school teacher, heard the story of a California girl who had received a prosthetic hand and arm created from a 3-D printer. Gottschalk told the Forest Hills Board of Education that after approaching her technologically-savvy colleague, Adam Zavislak, for advice, the two went forward with the help of an organization called Enabling the Future.

    Zavislak then presented the project to a group of five seniors in his robotics class, all of whom got to work printing the pieces for a prosthetic arm.

    “They spent hours monitoring the process of the pieces on the printer and continued with the technical part of stringing the pieces together,” said Gottschalk. “I know we

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  • Woman sees her dog walk again for the first time since miracle surgery

    “I can’t believe it. I think I’m dreaming.”

    Janie is left speechless when she see's Sammi walking for the first time since surgery. (YouTube)Janie is left speechless when she see's Sammi walking for the first time since surgery. (YouTube)

    Sammi had a tough journey ahead of him if he were to ever walk or run again. 

    The eight-year-old springer spaniel had a bone growing inside of his spinal column that was putting pressure on his spinal cord, according to a press release from the California Animal Rehabilitation (CARE). A spinal surgery to remove the excess bone left Sammi quadriplegic.

    The chances of Sammi walking ever again were very slim. So his owner, Janie, turned to a rehab facility in Santa Monica, California, for help.

    After three months of intensive rehabilitation treatments at CARE, Sammi learned to move again. First he learned to sit down, and then walk and finally he was able to run.

    Great news! But while Sammi was well on his road to recovery, Janie had no idea that her pup had fully recovered. The tear-jerking reunion was captured on video.

    Jamie arrives at the rehab facility to bring Sammi home and as she walks down the corridor she has absolutely no idea what is going on. But just around the corner,

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  • Gerry Suttle thanks the Reynolds brothers for mowing her lawn. (Screengrab/KWTX News)Gerry Suttle thanks the Reynolds brothers for mowing her lawn. (Screengrab/KWTX News)

    Four brothers rushed to the aid of a 75-year-old woman after the possibility of jail time loomed in her future.

    “It’s a summer day; we don’t have season passes yet to Hawaiian Falls [water park]. What else could we do but go out and help some people?” one of the brothers, Blaine Reynolds, told KWTX.

    “We hadn’t met her before, but she’s 75 years old and she needs some help out here mowing,” he said. “That’s the least we could do.”

    Earlier this week when the Reynolds boys saw a report about Gerry Suttle receiving an arrest warrant because her grass was too high, they decided to take matters into their own hands.

    “That made me feel bad, who’s going to mow her lawn?” another brother, Blake Reynolds, told the news network.

    “It was like high 90 [degrees Fahrenheit] out here – we were out all day sweating, and it was hard pushing the lawnmower through the tall grass,” said Brandon Reynolds, who is the eldest of the brothers.    

    One of the Reynolds brothers hard at work. (Screengrab/KWTX News)One of the Reynolds brothers hard at work. (Screengrab/KWTX News)

    After seeing the four boys work so hard, other members of the

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  • Boy plays golf to raise money for cancer in memory of his friend

    “I really liked him, he was really nice to talk to, and I really want to help other people that have cancer."

    Ryan McGuire (left) will play 100 holes in one day to honour classmate Danny Nickerson. (Golf Fights Cancer)Ryan McGuire (left) will play 100 holes in one day to honour classmate Danny Nickerson. (Golf Fights Cancer)

    For the love of his friend, six-year-old Ryan McGuire set out to make a difference and raise money to fight cancer. 

    He has done so after his kindergarten classmate, Danny Nickerson, recently died from a rare kind of brain tumor.

    “I really liked him, he was really nice to talk to, and I really want to help other people that have cancer,” Ryan told TODAY.com of his friend. 

    McGuire will play 100 holes of golf in one day at the MGA Links course in Norton, Mass. on June 17 in memory of Nickerson.

    According to his fundraising page, McGuire has set his goal to $15,000. And so far, he has already received over $10,000. 

    All the money raised will go towards the research of Nickerson’s doctor, Dr. Mark Kiernan, at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. 

    McGuire’s ambitious goal is part of a fundraising event hosted by Golf Fights Cancer, a non-profit group where his mother, Cheryl, is the program director. 

    “I said ‘no’ at first, but then I thought more about it and he was so amped about

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  • Ben Moon and his dog have stood side-by-side through a lot of troubles.Ben Moon and his dog have stood side-by-side through a lot of troubles.

    From the highs of surfing, camping and road trips, to the lows of cancer and deciding when it’s time to let go – this photographer and his dog stood side-by-side through it all. 

    Ben Moon uses snippets of old photographs and moving shots to recall the times that the two shared together over the last 14 years - but from his dog, Denali’s, perspective. 

    The video begins on a sombre note, with Moon – as Denali – saying: “I’m pretty sure Ben knows I’m dying. I’m not sure if it’s the cancer or something else, but he’s been taking me to all the places we use to go and checking on me a lot.”

    “The other day he asked me to let him know when I was ready to go. He said he didn’t want me to suffer.”

    The almost-eight-minute long video goes on to chronicle the lovely trips the two had gone on together and all of the fun they shared during their inseparable journey.

    The times weren’t all happy, however, as he expands on the difficult moments they had including Moon’s bout with stage three

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  • Elementary school students line up for yearbook signatures from their custodian

    “The kids know if anything happens, Mr. Steve is going to take care of it.”

    Custodian Steve 'Mr. Steve' Weidner signs a line of yearbooks for his second grade fans. (Facebook/Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53)Custodian Steve 'Mr. Steve' Weidner signs a line of yearbooks for his second grade fans. (Facebook/Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53)

    He may not be globally known, but Steve Weidner is the closest thing these children have to a rock star.

    Over 100 second-grade students waited patiently for their turn to get the signature from their beloved custodian, who they call “Mr. Steve.”

    Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53 posted the photo to their Facebook page, the caption reading that Weidner “reached Rock Star status as he autographs yearbooks for his ‘fans!’”

    The photo shows around half of the second-grade students waiting in line to get Weidner’s signature, while the other half had already gotten it before the picture got taken.  

    “He pays attention to the kids,” Principal Shirley Padera told WGNtv. “He knows who they are.”

    “The kids know if anything happens, Mr. Steve is going to take care of it.”

    Weidner, who has been a custodian at the school for 15 years, told ABC News that he and the students “get along great.”

    “They are really great. We joke around a bunch and they’re able to talk to me and stuff like that.”

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