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…

Zoom’s Branded Act Of Kindness

Good News Notes: “This Thanksgiving, instead of families gathering around a kitchen table, many will congregate around a webcam, smartphone or tablet.  And Zoom is making sure they can do it free of charge. Earlier this month, the videoconferencing company – which has experienced explosive growth during the pandemic – announced that on Thanksgiving it…

Walmart announces free Thanksgiving dinner for everyone

Good News Notes: “Through an exclusive promotion with Walmart, leading mobile rewards platform Ibotta, Campbell’s, Butterball and Coca-Cola have teamed up to launch the Free Thanksgiving Dinner program in an effort to feed millions of American families this Thanksgiving. Ibotta’s 2020 Thanksgiving Survey found that more than one-third of Americans will spend less on Thanksgiving this year…

“Bread Man” of Brockport Delivers Kindness, Bread

Good News Notes: “All it takes is four simple ingredients to make Chet Fery smile. ‘Making bread is my happy place,’ said Fery, who lives in Brockport with his wife of 42 years, Marina. ‘I love doing this.’ Fery spoke as he looked over more than two dozen loaves of rye bread, which he baked…

Therapy dog brings comfort to ER doctors on the frontlines

Good News Notes: “Heroes come in all shapes and sizes — this one just happens to have four legs and a furry coat. Wynn, a service dog in training, is bringing joy and comfort to the medical staff on the front lines of the coronavirus fight in Denver. The one-year-old yellow Labrador serves up cuddles…

Florida couple cancels wedding, gets married on Facebook live

Good News Notes: “One Tampa Bay area bride and groom decided to get creative with their nuptials after learning that their March 21 wedding date would have to wait.   ‘It’s crazy times right now. With everything going on, it was still important for us to do the ceremony,’ Madeline Beck said. Beck and her now-husband…

Pittsburgh Zoo offering free admission in honor of World Wildlife Day

Good News Notes: “The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is celebrating World Wildlife Day with a special treat for its guests: free admission! Zoo officials say all guests who visit on Tuesday will receive free admission between its regular hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A sea lion training session will also take place…