The world is celebrating: Thai rescuers have found missing youth soccer players alive.

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After 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing inside Thailand's Tham Luang Nang Non, people feared the worst.

10 days later, they were celebrating.

"We found all 13 safe," said Chiang Rai province Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn. "We will take care of them until they can move."


The group had disappeared after a flood trapped them inside the cave. Rescue workers searched around the clock, but as time went on, the odds of finding the boys alive seemed slim.

The desperate search began when a mother of one of the boys contacted authorities after her son failed to return from soccer practice.

The story quickly gained worldwide attention, and rescue workers descended on the area offering to help. A group of monks even took up residence outside the cave, holding a vigil. However, the heavy rains and flooding slowed recovery efforts.

According to Osatanakorn, the kids (ages 11-16) and their 25-year-old coach had managed to secure themselves on a narrow dirt mound sometimes used by cave explorers for safety when navigating rising water levels.

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"We found them safe," Osatanakorn said. "But the operation isn’t over."

Finding the missing kids and their coach was the first step. Rescue workers say they will have to be careful in figuring out how to get them out of the cave. Not only do they have to work around any potential injuries, the kids presumably haven't eaten for days and may not be able to pull themselves out of the area.

Thai Navy SEALS posted a photo to their Facebook page showing divers as they continued to make attempts to reach the kids and their coach, with a translated caption saying they were bringing food and water to the stranded survivors.

พบหมูป่าแล้ว....แต่ภารกิจเรายังไม่จบมนุษย์กบ ยังคงดำน้ำเข้าพื้นที่พร้อมหมอเวชศาสตร์ใต้น้ำ ...

Posted by Thai NavySEAL on Monday, July 2, 2018

Though the challenge isn't over, it's a huge relief in what appeared to be a tragic story.

Rescue workers, religious communities, and ordinary people came from around the world to find and help these missing kids. And though the mission continues, finding of these boys alive despite such dangerous conditions gives families and onlookers plenty of reason to celebrate.

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Valerie Anglemyer, a middle school teacher with more than 13 years of experience, says it can be difficult to create engaging course work that's applicable to the challenges students face. "I think that sometimes, teachers don't know where to begin. Teachers are always looking for ways to make learning in their classrooms more relevant."

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A new program for teachers that offers this network along with other resources is the WE Teachers Program, an initiative developed by Walgreens in partnership with ME to WE and Mental Health America. WE Teachers provides tools and resources, at no cost to teachers, looking for guidance around the social issues related to poverty, youth violence, mental health, bullying, and diversity and inclusion. Through online modules and trainings as well as a digital community, these resources help them address the critical issues their students face.

Jessica Mauritzen, a high school Spanish teacher, credits a network of support for providing her with new opportunities to enrich the learning experience for her students. "This past year was a year of awakening for me and through support… I realized that I was able to teach in a way that built up our community, our school, and our students, and supported them to become young leaders," she says.

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