5 feel good stories to start your weekend

Teachers go above an beyond to help students relax before exams, groups fundraise and donate huge amounts of food and more.

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 2:29 p.m.

1. Elkhart Memorial teachers rap to support students in ECA testing

To help students prepare End of Course Assessments in a few weeks, some teachers at Elkhart Memorial High School wrote and recorded a rap to make students smile and get them ready to take their big tests. 

2. Elkhart-based health coalition fundraiser nets $6,800

A Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition fundraiser raised $6,800 through a raffle for a car or $9,000. More than 1,055 tickets were sold and the money will be used "to continue offering free health screenings, educational programs, advocacy and physician referrals."

3. Students collect 25,000 pounds of food for Church Community Services

Students from Elkhart Memorial and Elkhart Central high schools spent the past few weeks collecting food for CCS. The students are members of the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council and it was the organization's first time participating in the Northern Indiana Student Hunger Drive.

There was no time for self-congratulating, though. The students still feel they can do more. 

"I brought in a bag of cans, but I could have brought in more," Rachel Swanson, a sophomore at Central, admitted.

For next time, Riley Norris, also a sophomore at Central, suggested starting earlier in the year.

4. Elkhart Pays It Forward page notes strangers exchanging kindnesses

"Today while I was at Martin's (yes, I'm there a lot! lol) A lady had dropped her debit card but didn't know it. Another lady picked it up and returned it to her. While in line paying for food, the lady who lost her card, turned around and paid for the ladies (who gave the card back) food. Then there was a lot of talk about paying it forward. I stood there with a huge smile taking it all in and loving it." 

Read the post on the Elkhart Pays It Forward Facebook page and find other heartwarming stories.

5. Dentistry from the Heart event offers free dental care on May 17

The first Dentistry from the Heart event will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 at Snyder’s clinic at 427 Waterfall Drive in Elkhart.

People 18 and older who are unable to find dental care elsewhere can receive fillings, extractions or cleanings. The opening ceremony and registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The event is an effort from the international nonprofit Dentistry from the Heart, which is dedicated to providing free dental care to those in need.


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