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  • If You’re Going to Write a Complaint Letter to Your Teacher, at Least Get Your Punctuation Right

    After a student wrote a scathing note to his teacher, the clever instructor did what any good English teacher would do… and edited his work.

    Lack of synonyms, improper use of conjunctions, misspelled words and comma splices are just a few of the many errors this student made when he informed is teacher that he was no longer interested in her class.

    The photo was posted on Reddit and received over 2,000 comments. Based on the edits, it looks like the high school senior has a lot more learning to do.

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  • This Amazing Teacher Saved His Student’s Life by Donating His Kidney

    Alya and her teacher, Ray Coe.Ray Coe, a teacher at the Royal Docks Community School in London, would do absolutely anything for his students. When the 53-year-old special education needs coordinator discovered that one of his students was on dialysis and her kidneys were failing, he immediately knew he had to help her.

    Alya Ahmed Ali, 13, suffers from hydrocephalus, a condition that causes a buildup of fluid inside the skull. It also contributed to Alya's learning disabilities and renal failure.

    "As any teacher would do, I asked [Alya's mother] what we could do as a school," Coe tells the Good News blog. "I don't know if you've ever had one of those moments where something suddenly clicks and you think, I should be asking something else. And a little moment clicked inside me, and I said, 'What can I do on a personal level?'"

    "She said, 'What do you mean?' And I said, 'Could I put my name down as a donor?'"

    Coe says, "I didn't know the full details of what that meant, but I'm educated enough to know what being a

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  • Guess How Many Songs This Guitarist Can Play in One Minute

    You may not have ever uttered "Led Zeppelin" in the same breath as "Inspector Gadget," but you will after watching this creative guitarist splice together 30 recognizable songs into a one-minute piece.

    Rob Scallon, a 23-year-old professional guitarist and YouTuber from Chicago, put out this ridiculous and incredible compilation of music this week, and it quickly became a viral hit. "King of the Hill," Pantera, Santana, The Beatles, you never know what's coming, and while each song gets about two or three seconds of time, all are surprisingly recognizable.

    "Someone on my previous videos commented that I should play 100 songs in a minute, and I thought it was a great idea," Scallon tells the Good News Blog. "When I started working on it, I realized that was way ambitious, and maybe not even possible. I brought it down to 60… then to 40, and then I ended on 30 because I thought it would be more entertaining if you could actually understand them."

    While Scallon has been making videos

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  • Strangers Come Together to Help Little Girl Battling Tragic Illness

    A couple's visual plea on behalf of their very sick 4-year-old daughter has brought out countless supporters who want to help.

    Last July, little Eliza O'Neill from South Carolina was diagnosed with Sanfilippo syndrome, which causes the body and brain to deteriorate. By the time she's 5, Eliza will lose the ability to speak. Three years from now, she won't be able to feed herself and will develop seizures. Most children with the illness won't live to see their 20s.

    Eliza with her mother Cara O'Neill. (Photo: Eliza's Story Facebook)There is hope for Eliza. A gene therapy trial is scheduled for late 2014 at the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH that will likely result in a cure for Sanfilippo syndrome. The hospital, however, lacks the necessary funds ($2.5 million) to complete the trial, so her parents, Cara and Glenn O'Neill, are doing everything they can to help raise the money so their daughter can have a chance at living a full life.

    Cara and Glenn enlisted the help of filmmaker Benjamin Von Wong to create a captivating video detailing

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  • Singing Students from Detroit Are Really Happy After Meeting Ellen

    When Ellen first saw the student choir from the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences (DAAS) perform Pharrell's hit song "Happy," she knew she wanted to do something to make them even happier.

    The kids and their teacher, Angela Kee, thought they were going to be filmed for a documentary, but were instead treated to multiple surprises from Ellen! Not only did they get to meet her and Pharrell, Ellen presented them with a $50,000 check to help fund their trip to Florida to perform at Disney World.

    Ninety-eight percent of the students at the Detroit charter school are on free or reduced cost lunch and live at or near the poverty line. The school encourages their students to get involved in the arts, as you can tell from the enthusiasm these awesome kids have for performing.

    See how excited they were after receiving this amazing surprise! Now that's a celebration!

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  • A Group of Teens Takes Their Prom Photo on a Rickety Old Bridge – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    Going to the prom is a night you'll never forget…. especially if you start the night off by falling into a pond.

    A large group of seniors from Pierce High School in Nebraska decided to pose for a photo on a bridge before heading to their prom.

    As they soon discovered, the bridge wasn't sturdy enough to hold the weight of more than twenty high-schoolers, and quickly collapsed, causing the group of well-dressed teens to fall into the creek below it.

    The fall resulted in a few scrapes and bruises, several damaged egos, and a photo that went viral.

    Next time you want to use a bridge for a photo op before a formal event, bring a pair of bedazzled swim fins with you!

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  • Who Needs a Superhero Lunch Box when You Can Have a Paper Bag Doodle?

    The standard paper lunch bag just got a comic book makeover from an imaginative mom with a good sense of humor and a Sharpie.

    Rather than send her kids to school with a typical lunch pail, artist and teacher Jane Olivier Lea sketches cartoons, interesting facts and random jokes she conjures up or finds online onto brown paper bags to send with her kids to school each day.

    She's posted the series on Facebook, and in addition to entertaining her own family, she's charming the rest of the world.

    "I started it on his first day of 6th grade, fully expecting it to be a one-day thing, but we are still going strong a year and a half later!" Lea writes. "Some of it is my original art, but more frequently, due to a busy life, I search the internet high and low for cartoons, comics, and jokes that will entertain my intended audience: 13- and 14-year-old boys."

    Her methodology is simple … "I use only black Sharpies, and if I can't scribble it onto a bag in two or three minutes, it's not going on a

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  • Watch This Big Sister Meet Her Baby Sibling for the First Time

    There's nothing like the bond between siblings, and for some, that bond begins right at birth. To celebrate National Siblings Day, we wanted to share this heartwarming video of a little girl meeting her baby sister for the first time.

    Ellen fans Amy and Tim Lacock sent us this video of their 3-year-old daughter Ellie the moment she met Harper, one of her two younger twin siblings born premature.

    The twins, Harper and Matthew, were born five weeks before their due date and had to be supervised in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the days following their birth. Ellie wasn't able to see them, since hospital rules dictate that children under 12 aren't allowed inside.

    When baby Harper was finally allowed to go home with her parents (Matthew had to stay a bit longer), Amy and Tim decided to surprise Ellie with the best gift ever -- her baby sister! You can easily see just how happy Ellie was to meet her.

    "To capture this first meeting in a video was absolutely amazing," Amy tells the

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  • This Hedgehog Has a Wide Range of Emotions

    Marutaro isn't your typical hedgehog. Not only does he have a Twitter account with nearly 50,000 followers, he's also got one of the most expressive personalities you'll ever find in a hand-sized creature.

    With the help of a slip of paper, some markers and an imagination, Marutaro's owner shows off his prickly pet's many moods.

    Sometimes Marutaro is happy…

    Sometimes he's mischievous…

    Sometimes he's goofy…

    Sometimes he's nervous…

    Sometimes he's serene…

    Sometimes he just feels like a duck.

    If you can't get enough of this cute little guy, enjoy lots more Marutaro on Twitter, Vine and Tumblr.

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  • This Little Girl Learned to Walk, and It's a Bigger Deal Than You Think

    All parents are excited about seeing their child's first steps, but perhaps none more than Michelle and Tim Nagle.

    The couple from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, have put together a short film called "Don't Give Up," chronicling their 5-year-old daughter Eden's progress as she learned to walk after being diagnosed with a rare chromosome disorder.

    The Nagles first noticed something was wrong when Eden was just 6 months old. She wasn't crawling, had difficulty seeing, and had a hard time keeping her head up.

    Eden was diagnosed with Duane Syndrome, which affects her sight, leaving her with no peripheral vision. It was also discovered that Eden had a deletion in her first chromosome that causes developmental delays. Doctors were unsure exactly what Eden would be strong enough to do as she grew, and it was quite possible that she may never be able to walk on her own.

    The Nagles never gave up hope. At 8 months old, Eden started physical therapy. "We decided if she never walked, that was OK," they

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