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Over the past year, long-standing assumptions across wide-ranging systems have been washed away in the pandemic. In the space between stories, what compass can we rely on? This week, we are witness to extraordinary instances from ordinary people who had the courage to apply full-hearted efforts towards a greater whole. From schools to vaccines, restaurants to neighborhoods, and even a tortoise and a hare -- where "slow and steady wins the race," currents of selfless love bring us home to each other.

SCHOOLS

Principal Takes Night Job At Walmart To Support Struggling Students

Principal Takes Night Job At Walmart To Support Struggling Students

Principal Henry Darby says his students are "the best of the best. And I love them dearly."

From 10 pm to 7 am, Henry Darby works the overnight shift stocking shelves at his local Walmart in South Carolina. When morning comes, he heads to his day job -- as principal of North Charleston High School. Every penny from his Walmart paycheck goes to his students, 90% of whom live below the poverty line. "I get a little emotional, because when you've got children you've heard are sleeping under a bridge, or a former student and her child sleeping in a car,” he said, with tears in his eyes. "These people need, and I wasn't going to say no. At my age ... we don't ask for money. We just don't. You just go ahead and do what you need to do." At Walmart, Darby never told his store manager about his day job. "Even before we knew, there was something special about him," store manager Cynthia Solomon said. "He's ready to help anybody," a student told the Today Show. "He's there when you least expect it, but when you need him the most," added another. Darby, not one to seek accolades, said, "I don't think I've done anything worthy of distinction to warrant the attention." He simply hopes his students (whom he calls his grandchildren) will pay it forward: "It's quite simple, simplistic: Just learn to help others. That is one of the greatest things that we could do in terms of human beings." Read Full Story.

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NEWS

Healthcare Workers Give Covid-19 Vaccines To Drivers Stranded In Snowstorm Before Doses Expire

Healthcare Workers Give Covid-19 Vaccines To Drivers Stranded In Snowstorm Before Doses Expire

Stuck in a snow storm on Tuesday, healthcare workers in Oregon knew they had limited time to administer the leftover coronavirus vaccines under their care. Rather than let the doses go to waste, they began administering the vaccine to motorists on the side of the road. In Josephine County, public health staff and volunteers drove away from a vaccine clinic at Illinois Valley High School, about 160 miles south of Eugene, when a storm hit and stranded many on the highway. The team had six doses of the vaccine left over from the clinic, which they originally planned to administer at nearby Grants Pass, but the storm made that goal impossible before the doses expired. Instead, amid the falling snow, they walked from stranded car to stranded car, offering the doses to the drivers. "Watching them go car to car in that horrible weather filled me with pride," volunteer Christi Siedlecki told NBC News. "I felt gratitude they were working so hard not to waste a single dose of vaccine, even in such horrible conditions." Read Full Story.

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FUN

Tortoise And Hare Face Off In Real-Life Race At Rhode Island Zoo

Tortoise And Hare Face Off In Real-Life Race At Rhode Island Zoo

Roger Williams Park Zoo | YouTube

It turns out the age-old adage, "Slow and steady wins the race," from the timeless Tortoise and the Hare parable, is actually a modern-day real-world experience. At Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, R.I., a rabbit and a tortoise were actually pitted against each other for a race to a plate of strawberries and greens. In a split enclosure, the race begins with Pickles the tortoise crawling slowly to the plate of food as Split the rabbit hops around his crate exploring the divider walls. "I can’t even believe this, this is a true-life tortoise-and-the-hare happening! Slow and steady does in fact win the strawberries – and the race!” said the race announcer. Read Full Story.

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COMMUNITY

A Love Story Between A Chinese Restaurant And Its Community

A Love Story Between A Chinese Restaurant And Its Community

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"This is, seriously, a love story," reports NBC Bay Area. "It's not between two people, though. It's between a Santa Cruz Mountains town and its Chinese restaurant. The people of Boulder Creek seriously love The Red Pearl and its owner, Jenny Wu. And she loves them right back." Like many restaurants, when the pandemic hit, The Red Pearl's business took a big hit. But then, when California wildfires tore through the region in August 2020, Wu's home was one of hundreds lost in the fire. The restaurant had to be closed for weeks under evacuation orders. Even so, Wu's first thoughts were of her neighborhood. As soon as evacuation was lifted, "the first thing she did was came back into town and put out tables with meals for the entire community," a friend and customer, Valerie White, recalled. Residents in turn, raised thousands to help Wu get back on her feet after the fires. But the story continues. Just last week, during a power outage, a thief stole $1,000 in cash from the restaurant. When customers got word, they setup a GoFundMe page that has already raised almost seven times the amount lost. Customers are going out of their way to give Jenny business. Last weekend there was a two-hour wait to order a meal, but not a single person complained. Others even stopped by just to put money in Jenny's hand. "I feel tears. I feel so moved," Wu said. Read Full Story.

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ARTS

Artist Spreads Joy With An Outdoor Miniature Art Display

Artist Spreads Joy With An Outdoor Miniature Art Display

CNN

An artist yearning to help people connect during the pandemic has created a miniature art gallery that invites visitors to keep the art. Stacy Milrany of Seattle put up the mini gallery, which she calls the Free Little Art Gallery, in front of her house. “During this pandemic, everybody has been trying to find ways to bring more light to each other, to bring some hope, to create more fun, especially through creative ways to connect with each other when we’ve been physically cut off. It’s a nice little surprise for people, but it’s also a joy for me to see creativity in front of my house,” Milrany said. Other artists have left works, and Milrany says more than 100 paintings have moved through the miniature gallery since December. Read Full Story.

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