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When it was 2 kids, I was impressed. But then he said 140 and I was floored.

They had no money, no teachers, and no building. But that didn't mean they couldn't have school.

When it was 2 kids, I was impressed. But then he said 140 and I was floored.
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The story is simple.

One day a guy named Ramesh stopped to watch some construction that was going on in his area. They were building a subway. He took one look at the worker's site and saw something drastically wrong.

"[I] saw the children of the workers playing in the dust and mud. I spoke with the parents and asked, 'Why don't they send them to school?' They said: 'No sir. We want them to be educated but the schools are too far away.'"

So he decided to open a school.


But here's the catch.

Ramesh wasn't a teacher.

(He actually had another job at the time).

There was no classroom.

There were no books, supplies, or even chalkboards.

There wasn't anything set up online.

But there was some space under the bridge.

"I said, 'OK, let me come tomorrow. I will take some time out from work and teach them.' I started with two or three children. We had nothing, no resources. The students used to sit on gunny bags. I started teaching like this. Eventually I had 140 students!"

According to UNICEF, in India there are nearly 12 million kids between the ages of 6 and 13 who aren't in school. Sometimes money has a lot to do with it.

It's encouraging to see folks like Ramesh step up and make a way.

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Dozens of "White Lives Matter" rallies were scheduled to take place across America on Sunday. The events were scheduled in semi-private, encrypted chats on the Telegram app between Nazis, Proud Boys, and other right-wing extremists.

The organizers said the rallies would make "the whole world tremble."

However, the good news is that hardly any white supremacists showed up. In fact, the vast majority of people who did show up were counter-protesters.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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