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These Kids Were Learning How To Build Websites — On PAPER. Until The Internet Stepped In.

Back in October 2013, we posted an Indiegogo campaign raising funds to build a computer lab for underserved kids in Las Vegas. Here's what happened.

These Kids Were Learning How To Build Websites — On PAPER. Until The Internet Stepped In.

Upworthy curator (and all around badass) Jessica Levenson published this post: Congress: I Think You Could Learn A Thing Or Two Watching These Teachers Solve Some Big-Ass Problems.

The kids featured in the video were learning to code HTML and Ruby on Rails (the same platform we use!) ... on paper. PAPER!


Thanks to their extremely dedicated teachers, the Indiegogo campaign, and the support of people like you, the project was funded and those kids now have Mac minis to work on. They're one step closer to getting into the college of their dreams, which is extra exciting because some could be the first in their families to get a higher education. And who knows — maybe they'll soon be designing websites to help more kids like them. Thanks to people like you, these kids finally have a chance to reach for the stars in a city where the sky’s the limit.

To show their appreciation for our help, they sent us this picture of a sign hanging in their lab (which really is for everyone who donated to the campaign and shared the video):

We admit it, when everyone at Upworthy saw this, we were like:

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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."

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