North High student Maryama Yusuf said“I don’t really like to talk in front of people,” but spoke with power as she presented research she did on

In Ms. Bell's North High classroom, sociology is a way to break stereotypes

Her students examined topics including domestic abuse, poverty, the mistreatment of immigrants and gang violence.
U volunteers run Camp Kesem, which helps children affected by a parent’s cancer. Many of the volunteers were once campers.
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What University of Minnesota students did at summer camp: help kids dealing with cancer

May 18
Camp Kesem, which is organized and run by 65 student volunteers, is for kids who have been affected by a parent's cancer.
James Shaw Jr., who disarmed a man who opened fire at a Waffle House, said, “I’m not a hero. I’m just a regular person.”
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First he stopped a Tennessee gunman, then he set up fund for victims

May 18
People across the country have hailed James Shaw's courage, calling him a hero and writing notes of admiration on the GoFundMe page he started hours after the shooting.
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He searched for his Japanese birth mother. He found her and the restaurant she named after him

May 18
It took a heart attack in 2005 for Bruce Hollywood to set out to find his birth mother, something his adoptive mother had encouraged him to do.
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'Tell Your Story' program tries to reach kids by instilling hope

May 11
The idea is to paint a picture of potential professions for boys and girls who might consider their future already in jeopardy.
Christopher Lawrence arrived at the police department at 5 a.m. for his shift. The police chief said she was rooting for him as he went through the ac
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Rookie California police officer defies odds for wounded veterans seeking to stay in uniform

May 18
Christopher Lawrence lost his leg to a bomb in Iraq, but he's now working the beat as a police officer.
Heather Rome shopped for her fifth-grade classroom. She teaches at Learning for Leadership charter school in Columbia Heights. Twenty five teachers we
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Roseville foundation gives away $1 billion in school supplies for kids in need

May 11
The Kids In Need Foundation provides school supplies and a sense of normalcy for kids.
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Jay-Z's teacher remembers when he was Shawn Carter

May 11
In 1980, Renee Rosenblum-Lowden, 77, taught sixth grade at Brooklyn's I.S. 318. Carter, a shy and avid reader, was one of her ­standout students.
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