Nonprofit stepping up for education during the COVID crisis

Good News Notes: “When COVID-19 forced Summit54 to cancel its signature program for elementary school students in the lower Roaring Fork Valley last summer, the local nonprofit could have gone on hiatus. Instead, it doubled down on its efforts. Summit54 created new, free programs to provide tutoring for elementary school students at a time when…

Lloyd Pierce focuses on basketball community, giving back during NBA hiatus

Good News Notes: “Just like the rest of us, the Hawks’ head coach has much more time at home while social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the NBA suspending its season March 11. He’s holding team Zoom meetings on Sundays, hopping in more small-group meetings that are led by assistant coaches and getting game film…

Boise’s homeless community getting help during the coronavirus pandemic

 Good News Notes: “We often hear about how the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions are more susceptible to the novel coronavirus. But there’s another very vulnerable population that is getting a helping hand through this crisis – Idaho’s homeless community. Soon, the Cottonwood Suites in Boise, which has been sitting empty during the…

Good, Better, Best — Eliminating Plastic Waste

Good News Notes: “The top three materials filling American garbage bins are paper, food waste, and plastic. Of the three, plastic may be the most problematic. Not only does its production use nonrenewable natural resources and energy, but unlike paper and food waste, it is neither biodegradable nor easily recyclable. Nonexistent a century ago, plastic…

Students Develop Recycling Robot at MakeHarvard

Good News Notes: “A trash recycling robot named GARI was recently developed by a team of Illinois Wesleyan University students during MakeHarvard, a 24-hour engineering make-a-thon hosted by Harvard University.” View the whole story here: https://www.iwu.edu/news/2020/students-develop-recycling-robot-at-makeharvard.html

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to save Earth’s environment

Good News Notes: “Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder and Washington Post owner, announced on Monday that he was donating $10bn to save the Earth’s environment – barely a month after it was revealed Amazon threatened to fire employees who spoke out about the company’s role in the climate crisis. The new Bezos Earth Fund will start…