This Teacher's Last Request Has Started A Debate About School Funding

If you’re lucky, you will leave behind a legacy that honors your life. A woman named Tammy Waddell is getting national attention after her death for doing just that. Waddell died on June 9, after a long battle with stomach cancer. She was 58.

Her cousin, Brad Johnson, shared a tweet describing Waddell’s last wish: that in lieu of flowers, people send school supplies in her memory to a non-profit called Project Connect. The organization provides backpacks to students in need in her Georgia community.

Waddell had been a teacher for 30 years in Forsyth County Schools, according to ABC News. Even at the end, she wanted to help kids get the education they deserved. A photo of backpacks waiting to be delivered after her funeral on June 13 has everyone weeping:

Johnson said close to a hundred teachers who had met or worked with Waddell showed up to retrieve her backpacks for Project Connect.

He shared a photo of them all lined up with the donations:

In an interview, Johnson told Good Morning America, “She was very inspirational in me achieving all that I have. She was as quick to give a hug as she was quick to give supplies to students who needed it.”

People are finding Waddell’s story so inspirational, they want to send backpacks, too:

And everyone is deeply moved by how one person can keep helping others even after they’re gone:

Waddell had a son, Kevin Waddell, who also works in Forsyth County Schools. He told GMA that he wasn’t surprised by his mother’s request.

“Part of what I loved about my mom was the passion she had as a teacher. It’s one of the inspirations that led me to the profession,” he said.

“She lived life by loving others and she was never worried about attention … she was just focused on the love,” he continued.

“The message she would try and deliver at this point is donate to your local schools. It doesn’t have to be here specifically.”

Kevin Waddell has said he’s heard from people wanting to donate supplies from as far away as Great Britain.

There it became a more controversial discussion about how Waddell’s gesture shouldn’t be necessary: fund schools and give kids supplies, wrote commenters.

It’s not possible to tell from Waddell’s obituary what she thought of school funding, but it does say she was “had a passion for literacy and believed that every child deserved an opportunity to learn.”

And that is a legacy people will remember.

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Young Boy Tragically Dies After School Employee Fed Him A Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Thomas and Dina Silvera of New York City are mourning the death of their three-year-old son after a daycare employee reportedly fed him a grilled cheese sandwich. Elijah Silvera had a severe dairy allergy, which his parents say Seventh Avenue Center for Family Services in Manhattan knew about.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is investigating the situation and has closed the school for, “failing to follow its written safety plan and failing to adequately supervise a child.”

In a statement to PEOPLE, the department said:

There is nothing more important than the safety of our children and we are deeply saddened by this tragedy. We will get to the bottom of what happened here.

The school reportedly called the boy’s parents rather than 911, delaying emergency care.

H/T: People

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This Famous Haunted School In Ireland Just Got Even More Nightmare Inducing

Well it looks like they’ve got even more footage of the ghost at work, and although the entire thing can certainly be fabricated, if the footage is true, then we’ve got some evidence of paranormal activity going on. If it’s true, of course.

Check out the latest videos to see what I mean. 

First up, is this uncanny shake.

Then, if you check out the top left corner (where the timestamp info is), you’ll see a chair or other piece of furniture move through the hallway.

Then it moves, again, just way, way faster.

Oh and this next one’s no big deal, a backpack just falls right off the top of the locker and onto the ground. Nothing to see here.

And then a poster gets torn off the wall.

Then, there are even more moving chairs.

Look, I’ve got a message for everyone at Deerpark C.B.S., I know it might seem like a good idea to go to that school Halloween dance, but if my knowledge of horror films are any indication, ya’ll are gonna want to get the heck out of there like immediately.

You can check out the whole video, which the school kindly uploaded online.

Before you get to thinking that there’s no way in heck this video could be faked, just know that there are several YouTube videos that convincingly debunk common ghost video hoax methods. The fact that Deerpark is doing this and sharing all the evidence with the rest of the world, instead of calling for a shaman or priest, or buying another building entirely, makes me think the whole thing’s a prank.

But it’s still kinda cool to believe.

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School President Defends Fliers Telling LGBT Students To Commit Suicide

College is the time when many young people first get involved in politics. They’ll go to rallies, volunteer, and put up posters. However, someone at Cleveland State University has been putting up some truly awful and terrifying posters.

The poster reminds the reader about how many LGBT youth commit suicide and asks others to do the same. The poster is attributed to a group called “Fascist Solutions.”  

While most people on campus have denounced the poster one significant person has not, the president of Cleveland State University. President Ronald M. Berkman issued statement via email that left many people outraged. 

While it can be difficult to distinguish between free speech and hate speech, asking a vulnerable minority to kill themselves certainly seems to fall in latter category. 

In fairness, President Berkman did issue a follow up statement apologizing for his earlier comments and expressing his desire to have a discussion. 

The poster was eventually taken down but not for the reason you’d expect. It was removed because it didn’t have “prior approval,” which seems to suggest that next time Fascist Solutions will be able to express hateful thoughts as long as they ask permission first. 

So far it seems like most people are not happy with any part of the school’s response. 

No new posters have gone up yet but this still may be far from over. 

[h/t Buzzfeed]

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Teacher's Trick To Make Girls Getting Their Periods In School Comfortable Goes Viral

A middle school teacher figured out an awesome way to help her students deal with getting an unexpected visit from the menstruation fairy, and wrote a post about her method on Facebook that went viral for its inspirationally easy trick.

“I have been doing this for a little bit now,” the post says. “I use my old ipsy make up bags and make “menstruation care packs” for my students who start their periods unexpectedly. In middle school this happens A LOT. I put a few pads in the bag and a couple tampons and panty liners, and I also add a few prewrapped disposable wipes. The students know that they can come ask, and they get a really pretty bag with their needed supplies inside. It’s discreet and more fun that being handed a giant pad. I make sure to tell them to take as much as they may need for the whole day. I make a point to ask if they need more to take home.”

The post was shared on Facebook over 10,000 times, and has inspired some teachers and parents to follow suit. Like this adorable grandpa: “Me be male, and not need such items, however, I do have a daughter (and 2 granddaughters) that have seen those days. I had to deal with the fluctuating hormones though! I will be putting together some of these “care” packages, and giving them to teachers in my area!” (He’s not sure what an Ipsy bag is, though—y’all, it’s a cheap makeup bag that comes every month as part of Ipsy, a makeup subscription box).

It’s a great reminder that young girls getting their periods doesn’t have to be a big dramatic thing or a source of embarrassment—it can be a normalized part of their day, as long as they’re set up for that.

After all, getting your period sucks enough as it is without worrying that you don’t have a pad or tampon available.

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Get Excited For Back To School With This Incredible Doggie School Bus

A video showing a dog running outside to catch a DOGGIE SCHOOL BUS went viral this week—and yes, it’s real. And it’s wonderful.

Where does the Doggie School Bus go, you might wonder? “Each dog is properly introduced to the pack then the dogs are taken to fenced in pastures and allowed to run freely for 2 hour intervals,” according to Montoya’s website.

 “Rest hour and overnights are at his house, where each dog is given a mat to rest on,” the site continues. “They learn how to play and rest as a group and end each day as a happy camper.” No wonder the dogs are so excited to go to school.

But it’s not just the dogs that give good reviews—their owners do too.

If only everyone would be as happy to go back to school.

[h/t Daily Dot]

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Why This Superintendent Banned Homework For Elementary School Students

Florida Superintendent Heidi Maier is banning homework for elementary school students in her district. Instead, she’s asking them to read for 20 minutes each night. Where was this woman when I was a kid?!

Though it might seem like this cool superintendent is just three kindergartners in a trench coat, she’s actually banning the homework for a good reason: research shows that it just doesn’t improve academic performance for kids this young. Reading, on the other hand, does. 

“The quality of homework assigned is so poor that simply getting kids to read replacing homework with self-selected reading was a more powerful alternative,” said Richard Allington, a reading acquisition expert, in an email to The Washington Post. “Maybe some kinds of homework might raise achievement but if so that type of homework is uncommon in U.S. schools.”

Kids will be able to select their own book with help from educators, and children without a parent available to help them read at home will have access to volunteers, audiobooks, and other resources, according to Maier.

Middle and high school students, however, won’t be so lucky in Maier’s district. So don’t expect Algebra homework to be a thing of the past anytime soon.

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Chrissy Teigen Pays Fan's Tuition For Beauty School And Brings Twitter To Tears

Mercedes Edney, an independent skin care consultant and the owner of Ixora Botanical Beauty, recently had an online fundraiser to help her pay her way through beauty school. With a goal of $ 6,000, it had been running for a month, and picked up about $ 400. 

That is until one generous follower decided to donate the difference. That follower? Chrissy Teigen, of course. 

As you can imagine, Edney was pretty excited. 

Teigen responded by saying that she’d donated so that Edney could peruse her dreams. 

Edney was blown away, and said that she’s already used the money to pay the school.

People were pretty impressed by the show of generosity. 

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Betsy DeVos Was Blocked From Entering A School By Angry Parents And Teachers

It’s fair to say that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos isn’t the favorite cabinet pick of the recently elected Donald Trump. She barely scraped past the Senate, with rebelling Republicans joining forces with Democrats to tie the vote at 50-50. Vice President Mike Pence was given the deciding vote, the first time ever a vice president has done so for a Cabinet nominee.

But many teachers and parents are worried that DeVos, who has donated millions to the Republican party, will increase the use of school vouchers and as a result, defund public schools. During her hearing, she also avoided a question on whether schools should be forced to make adaptations for children with disabilities. 

And this discontent is no more obvious that on DeVos’ first visit to a school since her confirmation. DeVos was set to visit Jefferson Middle School in Washington on Friday, but was forced to make a hasty retreat to her car after parents and teachers blocked her from entering.

“Keep giving money to senators and buying your way to the position,” ABC reported one protester as shouting. As DeVos was whisked into her car by one of her staff, they continued: “I hope you’re proud of yourself. Go back. Shame! Shame! Shame!” 

The protest was organized by the Washington teachers union, and included teachers and parents.

According to the Washington Post, DeVos was later able to enter the school. DeVos declined to answer any questions from reporters, but issued the following statement:

“It was really wonderful to visit this school, and I look forward to many visits of many great public schools, both in D.C. and around the country. Thanks very much.”

As you can imagine, her critics were pretty pleased with the scene.

 

 

 

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22 Funniest History Facts You Never Learned In School

I will preface this by saying our sources from the time are sketchy at best, so this may not have happened, but I digress:

We all know Charlemagne yes? King of the Franks and all that. Well, while he did a great deal for the Frankish legacy, he wasn’t the first independent Frankish king. That honour went to a guy named Childeric, and this dude must have been fine as fuck because his sexual escapades are insane.

So Childeric was actually king twice, but he never got usurped – nope, he was instead exiled, not for killing anyone or shit like that, just because he fucked so many of the Frankish noble’s wives. Genuinely, the sources tell us he was banished because all the lords realised that their wives were all cheating on them with the same dude, and so told the king to fuck off. So he duly did, and ended up in the court of another barbarian king as an ally to him. During this time, he got into the royal court, got chatting with the king’s wife, and you guessed it, diddled the lass. Following this, rather than keeping it a thing on the down-low, Childeric straight up declared that he was marrying the wife, ran off with her, and brought her back to the nobles that thought they were finally rid of the horny bastard.

Fortunately for women everywhere, this queen seems to have had a bit of mettle, because nothing else is written about him running off with any other important women. Instead he had a son, a lad named Clovis, and thus began the rise of the Frankish Empire that spawned modern day Germany and France.

So two modern European nations have a grandfather who was just a massive horny fuck.

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