In a Greek Detention Center, an Official Uses TV to Teach Prisoners

Good News Notes: “The director of a detention center in Greece is using television to teach the young men there who have no other way to get an education. Petros Damianos is the director of the school at Greece’s Avlona Special Youth Detention Center. He started the school in 2000. The men held at the…

Retired Italian teacher leaves fortune to hospitals, charities

Good News Notes: “A retired Italian teacher has bequeathed more than 25 million euros ($30 million) to hospitals and charities, stunning residents of the northern city of Genoa where she lived who had no inkling of her wealth. Marisa Cavanna died in December aged 96. She was described as a reserved woman who never got…

8-year-old starts charity to help homeless children

Good News Notes: “She recently donated $500 to Joy House, a women’s shelter in Milwaukee. For her birthday and at Christmas, she asked for toy donations to the shelter instead of gifts as well. ‘To have someone so young, excited to be giving to individuals that are less fortunate than she is is awesome. I’m…

Nature’s Nursery working to help save critically-threatened species

Good News Notes: “Nature’s Nursery cares for thousands of injured and orphaned wild animals every year. After a record-breaking year in 2020, that trend is continuing. Right now the center in Whitehouse has a lot of bats, an animal that’s seen a huge drop in its numbers. You may not like bats, but Executive Director…

Indianapolis principal helps student return to class with new haircut

Good News Notes: “Like at many schools across the county, students at Stonybrook Intermediate and Middle Schoolon the east side of Indianapolis can’t wear hats in the classroom. So when an 8th grade student was sent to principal Jason Smith’s office last week for refusing to take off his hat, Smith asked the natural question: Why not?  ‘He…

Bird species re-discovered after almost 200 years of absence

Good News Notes: “The bird in question is the black-browed babbler, and we’ve only ever had sparse information on it. The western world was first treated to specimens and a description of this bird around 1848. Attempts to find the birds since have all failed, leaving us with very little data about the species’ traits…

The Ogiek get Bible in their own language

Good News Notes: “The Ogiek community yesterday unveiled its first-ever Bible written in their native language courtesy of the BibleTranslation and Literacy (BTL). The community spread across the counties of Nakuru, Narok, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo and Nandi has different dialects, making the minority group’s language near extinct due to assimilation after being evicted from Rift…