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Kid President 'upgrades' a school in his hometown, and it's a message for us all.

Students at Lincoln Magnet School for Mathematics and Science in Jackson, Tennessee, had a surprise this week.

Kid President 'upgrades' a school in his hometown, and it's a message for us all.
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If we want to make the world a better place, we can take a cue from Kid President.

Kid President (aka 11-year-old Robby Novak) has had an awesome and busy year: He made a lot of videos, wrote a book, and even met the president of the United States himself.

After all that, he totally deserves a vacation. Bye, Kid President, see you in the spring!


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Just kidding! There's something he needs to check off his list before he goes. And Mr. President has a plan.

Kid President wants to upgrade the world, and he needs your help.

You know how before you leave on vacation, there's a laundry list of things to do before you can hop on that plane and truly enjoy yourself? He has one too.

Before he leaves on vacation, he just has to do one little thing: upgrade the world. Going through his fan mail, he sees a question. A fan wants to help do some good in the world but doesn't know where to start.

Kid President has a few ideas:

Did you notice how that box got smaller and smaller and then was finally checked off? Nice work, Mr. President!

Kid President decided to take his own advice and upgrade his world in a real way — with a donation to a school in his home state of Tennessee.

Students at Lincoln Magnet School for Mathematics and Science in Jackson, Tennessee, had a surprise this week: a visit from Kid President himself.

With the help of Microsoft, Kid President donated 20 Microsoft Surface 3 tablets to the school — as well as 20 copies of his book, "Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome."

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Kid President and "Kid President" creator Brad Montague (who is also Robby's brother-in-law) visited the school last Wednesday to deliver the Surface tablets and books.

And it all came in this fancy cart! Image via Microsoft.

Robby lives with his family in Tennessee's Chester County, and he told The Jackson Sun that he wanted to give back to a school in his own backyard.

The Surface tablets will help students at the school with everything from reading PDFs and digital textbooks to taking notes and doing homework from the cloud.

"The thing that was exciting to me was the idea of a second-grade student or first-grade student here holding one of these devices and feeling empowered and feeling that somebody believed in them and that they could do anything," Montague told The Jackson Sun.

This donation is part of Windows' year-long "Upgrade Your World" initiative to celebrate those who inspire and empower others.

Windows is using its "Upgrade Your World" initiative to bring $10 million to 110 nonprofits tackling a range of issues and opportunities, like the Special Olympics, Pencils of Promise, and Code.org.

Interested in being a part of this? Check out how other organizations are upgrading their communities and see how Windows 10 can help.

Images courtesy of Mark Storhaug & Kaiya Bates

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The experiences we have at school tend to stay with us throughout our lives. It's an impactful time where small acts of kindness, encouragement, and inspiration go a long way.

Schools, classrooms, and teachers that are welcoming and inclusive support students' development and help set them up for a positive and engaging path in life.

Here are three of our favorite everyday actions that are spreading kindness on campus in a big way:

Image courtesy of Mark Storhaug

1. Pickleball to Get Fifth Graders Moving

Mark Storhaug is a 5th grade teacher at Kingsley Elementary in Los Angeles, who wants to use pickleball to get his students "moving on the playground again after 15 months of being Zombies learning at home."

Pickleball is a paddle ball sport that mixes elements of badminton, table tennis, and tennis, where two or four players use solid paddles to hit a perforated plastic ball over a net. It's as simple as that.

Kingsley Elementary is in a low-income neighborhood where outdoor spaces where kids can move around are minimal. Mark's goal is to get two or three pickleball courts set up in the schoolyard and have kids join in on what's quickly becoming a national craze. Mark hopes that pickleball will promote movement and teamwork for all his students. He aims to take advantage of the 20-minute physical education time allotted each day to introduce the game to his students.

Help Mark get his students outside, exercising, learning to cooperate, and having fun by donating to his GoFundMe.

Image courtesy of Kaiya Bates

2. Staying C.A.L.M: Regulation Kits for Kids

According to the WHO around 280 million people worldwide suffer from depression. In the US, 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness and 1 in 20 experience severe mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Kaiya Bates, who was recently crowned Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen for 2022, is one of those people, and has endured severe anxiety, depression, and selective mutism for most of her life.

Through her GoFundMe, Kaiya aims to use her "knowledge to inspire and help others through their mental health journey and to spread positive and factual awareness."

She's put together regulation kits (that she's used herself) for teachers to use with students who are experiencing stress and anxiety. Each "CALM-ing" kit includes a two-minute timer, fidget toolboxes, storage crates, breathing spheres, art supplies and more.

Kaiya's GoFundMe goal is to send a kit to every teacher in every school in the Pasco School District in Washington where she lives.

To help Kaiya achieve her goal, visit Staying C.A.L.M: Regulation Kits for Kids.

Image courtesy of Julie Tarman

3. Library for a high school heritage Spanish class

Julie Tarman is a high school Spanish teacher in Sacramento, California, who hopes to raise enough money to create a Spanish language class library.

The school is in a low-income area, and although her students come from Spanish-speaking homes, they need help building their fluency, confidence, and vocabulary through reading Spanish language books that will actually interest them.

Julie believes that creating a library that affirms her students' cultural heritage will allow them to discover the joy of reading, learn new things about the world, and be supported in their academic futures.

To support Julie's GoFundMe, visit Library for a high school heritage Spanish class.

Do YOU have an idea for a fundraiser that could make a difference? Upworthy and GoFundMe are celebrating ideas that make the world a better, kinder place. Visit upworthy.com/kindness to join the largest collaboration for human kindness in history and start your own GoFundMe.

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Gem is living her best life.

If you've ever dreamed of spontaneously walking out the door and treating yourself a day of pampering at a spa without even telling anyone, you'll love this doggo who is living your best life.

According to CTV News, a 5-year-old shepherd-cross named Gem escaped from her fenced backyard in Winnipeg early Saturday morning and ended up at the door of Happy Tails Pet Resort & Spa, five blocks away. An employee at the spa saw Gem at the gate around 6:30 a.m. and was surprised when they noticed her owners were nowhere to be seen.

"They were looking in the parking lot and saying, 'Where's your parents?'" said Shawn Bennett, one of the co-owners of the business.

The employee opened the door and Gem hopped right on in, ready and raring to go for her day of fun and relaxation.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."