Good Samaritan cancels lunchroom debts for nearly 1,000 students in NEISD | kens5.com

 Good News Notes: “Nearly 1,000 elementary school students within the North East Independent School District had their lunchroom debt canceled thanks to an anonymous donation.” “During the summer, the district started to collect lunchroom donations by calling graduates who had positive account balances. Glosson said they called thousands of students and collected $3,000. So far this year,…

Irish School Replaces Homework with Acts of Kindness – One Green PlanetOne Green Planet

Good News Notes: “An elementary school in Ireland is doing something radical with their homework program. Instead of doing assigned homework, students are assigned ‘acts of kindness.’“ “In December, students at Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Uí Choileáin, Clonakilty, were given a kindness task for each day, instead of homework. According to  Upworth, ‘Mondays they are asked to reach…

Caring Closet at Columbus Grove schools provides helping hand

“A Caring Closet at Columbus Grove schools is providing students with clothing, food and hygiene items so they can have peace of mind and focus on their education. Guidance counselors Brenda Bruce and Mindy Losh came up with the idea for the closet in December after seeing it on Facebook at another school.” View the…

Ohio boy surprised by classmates in school hallway after final chemo treatment

 Good News Notes: “A 6-year-old boy received a hero’s welcome upon his return to school after fighting leukemia for three years. John Oliver ‘J.O.’ Zippay won the biggest battle of his young life when he received his final round of chemotherapy two days after Christmas. Zippay returned to St. Helen Catholic School in Newbury Wednesday…

How Micro-School Networks Expand Learning Options – Foundation for Economic Education

Good News Notes: “The entrepreneurial educators at Prenda, an Arizona-based network of micro-schools, think they have uncovered the right mix of powerful technology and warm, nurturing learning spaces that could help to transform education.” “Prenda is part of the larger micro-school movement, an educational shift occurring over the past decade in which entrepreneurs and parents create intimate,…

Graduation Pathways helps LPS students get a diploma a different way

Good News Notes: “In its second year Graduation Pathways hopes to give high school students an alternative route to earning a diploma with classes meant to work around all different types of situations.” “The program is open to 17 to 21-year-olds who have earned at least 200 of the 230 credits needed to graduate.” “Many…