How one teacher told her students that they're worth more than their test scores.

Check out this letter from a teacher to her students. She wrote it to remind them that a test does not determine their self worth.

Every spring, students across America take standardized tests to determine if they are ready to move on to the next grade. Of course, you and I know that one test can't actually determine the full scope of someone's intellectual strength or creative talent — and thankfully this teacher knows it, too.



For a moment, let's put aside our opinions of standardized testing (and the fact this is written in Comic Sans font) and celebrate the teachers who "get it."

Many tests celebrate only one type of learning: how to take a test well. There are a lot of pros and cons to consider when it comes to standardized testing, especially during our national debate of Common Core techniques. Although these tests can tell us some things, they don't give the full holistic picture of kids' aptitude — and certainly not their worth.

Regardless of how we all feel about tests, the one thing that unites us is the commitment to bringing out the best in our kids and finding the hidden talents in each of them. As educators, mentors, and parents, our job may be to teach, but more importantly, it's also to find the thing that inspires a student to want to learn on their own.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.