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Annual drive collects over 20,000 toys

Originally published in the Urbana Daily Citizen – January 14, 2020 Ever since that first year, their toy drive has snowballed into a regional effort that has at least doubled the amount of toys they collected each and every year. Last year’s 4th annual toy drive effort managed to collected a staggering 9,224 toys that […]

How a teen from Olympia met the Dalai Lama and the inspiration he gave her

Originally aired on KING-TV – January 8, 2019 Very few people get to meet the Dalai Lama each year, let alone have a 90 minute conversation with him. Through the Compassion 2020 program, six students from Washington were given this once in a lifetime opportunity.  Kaya Sol, A 10th grader at Washington Virtual Academies, was chosen as […]

On Our Radar: Mia Chapman

Originally published in Sports Illustrated Kids – January 6, 2020 Mia, a senior at Insight Academy of Arizona, secured her first win in the Production 1000 class at the 2019 Lucas Oil SoCal Regional in San Bernardino, California, in September. She ended the 2019 off-road season with three podium finishes. Mia first started racing when […]

Online school was best option

Originally published in The Denver Post – December 26, 2019 When I was in a brick-and-mortar school, I was the student who enjoyed being in the classroom. This all changed when I was placed in a class where I was bullied. Other students called me “crazy girl,” broke my school supplies and taunted me throughout […]

Instagram feed leads young dance student to win special honor

Originally published in Macomb Daily – December 30, 2019 When Emanuel Dostine of Roseville went to watch his sister at her dance class, he asked his mom if he could try it too. His mother signed him up for dance lessons at age 12, and in that moment he found his passion for dance. Now […]

Ayden Kenny fights autism with story of hope

Originally aired on WFFT-TV – December 27, 2019 Ayden Kenny knows what it’s like to be seen and not heard. The fifteeen-year old Insight School of Indiana (ISIN) student lives with autism and remembers his unsuccesful attempts to make friends in elementary school. Kenny has experienced isolation, taunting, and unnecessary reprimand when he was just […]

Hoosier Helpings Holiday Program

Originally aired on WXIN-TV – December 18, 2019 A local charter school is bringing their year-round giving spirit to those in need this holiday season. Hoosier Academies runs a food pantry called “Hoosier Helpings” and it is expanding that into the “Hoosier Helpings Holiday Program.” That means 97 children will be getting food, toiletries, clothes […]

Prepared for success

Originally published in the Idaho Press Tribune – December 19, 2019 I was worried that a brick-and-mortar school wouldn’t have all the resources I needed to succeed. That’s why I made the decision to choose a different route for my education and attend school online. Because of this choice, I was able to get experiences […]

Online schools sometimes best option

Originally published in The Free Press – December 11, 2019 Students need encouragement from their teachers to succeed. Sadly, this wasn’t the case for my son Eric at his brick-and-mortar school. Eric has intellectual disabilities and the teachers said that they weren’t prepared to accommodate him. They ignored him and didn’t challenge or encourage him […]

Outdoors: Young biologist sees future helping endangered species

Originally published in The Toledo Blade – December 9, 2019 As the second-graders at St. Joseph School in Maumee rattled off what they wanted to be when they were adults, the list had to include those perennial favorites — a fireman, an astronaut, a police officer, a pro athlete, a cowboy or even SpongeBob’s sidekick. But […]