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Mighty Dolls, Mighty Good

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What if you took dolls and modeled them after real people rather than characters of fantasy? And what if those real people were women doing awesome things in the world? Wendy Tsao got to work on this concept, up-cycling the popular Bratz dolls (which have received much criticism due to their sexualized appearance), and turning them into real-life heroes like Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. Tsao wanted to explore whether or not a doll truly does have an impact on…

Thanks For Being Like A Dad

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Anthony Nolan, a police officer in New London, Connecticut, regularly reads books to children in the area. But recently he was injured on the job and took some time out for recovery. And one of those kids that he reads to had something to say about it: “My mom says [you're] hurt. I’m sad because you can’t read to me. I don’t have a dad — only you read to me,” the boy explained. “Thanks [for] being like a dad…

Trading Tales For Trims

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What do you get when you have a kind barber who wants to encourage children to read? You get Iowa barber Courtney Holmes at a community back to school bash where kids get free haircuts in exchange for reading aloud to the barber during the cut. “I just want to support kids reading,” Holmes told a reporter. A grade-level reading coordinator, Caitlin Daniels, was also on hand to help those who struggled to tell the tales. “It’s great,” she said. “All…

Random Acts of Enchantment

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Marla Must, a photographer in Birmingham, Mich., started a fun project that she dubbed Ms. Must’s Random Acts of Enchantment. Being a family photographer, she’s heard many children speak negatively about themselves and she wanted to do something to replace that self-harming script. First she provided a group of girls a free photo shoot that kept in focus inclusion and kindness. Then she asked those girls to pay it forward with acts of Good—sit with a lonely kid at lunch,…

The (Haunted) House Of His Dreams

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Twenty-six year-old Jacob Bailey made it his mission to build a haunted house in the parking lot of Southern Hills Hospital. He and a group of volunteers from Molasky Junior High School worked to get the haunted house up and running in time for Halloween—all with the goal of giving visitors a Good scare, and raising money to go towards further Good. All in all, it took eight months and a lot of work to build the haunted house of…