Feel good news: six reasons to feel good this week

These six stories are sure to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 7:16 a.m.

Three high school boys aim to spread #goodvibes via Twitter

In October, three high school boys from Elkhart started tweeting out good vibes to other people in Elkhart.

They were tired of seeing all of the negativity and cyber bullying on Twitter, but thought that sending people compliments and messages of encouragement from their actual accounts might be weird.

Personal experience also made one of the students, an 18-year-old guy, appreciate the effect a kind message, a compliment or being there for someone – even just through an online exchange – can have.

"The main reason I hopped on the account was because, back when I was in elementary school, I got teased a lot," he said. "I had to go through psychological therapy and all this other stuff. And I just don't want to see anybody else go through that, so why not just throw a pick-me-up out there instead of bashing them via Twitter?"

You can read the full story and watch a video on our website.

An Indiana National Guardsman donated his Purple Heart to a WWII vet

Indiana Conservation Officer Greg Swanson is a soldier with the Indiana National Guard.

He was awarded the Purple Heart when he was injured in Afghanistan in 2012. In January, he gave his Purple Heart to the family of Leonard Wayne McIntosh minutes before McIntosh's funeral.

McIntosh had never been awarded the Purple Heart, though his family spent many years trying to prove that he deserved it. Unfortunately, a fire had destroyed records that could have helped prove he deserved the medal.

On Monday, Swanson received a duplicate medal from Indiana Adjutant Gen. Martin Umbarger in a ceremony in Indianapolis.

Student keeps another student from going hungry without embarrassing him

This message was posted on the Elkhart Pays It Forward Facebook page on Friday, March 7:

"Over the past few weeks I've noticed a boy that doesn't bring lunch to school. I have braces and can't eat things like protein bars but I bring them anyway. Then I complain loudly about how I can't eat them and give them to the boy. I "complain" so he doesn't feel bad and takes it. Makes me feel good to know that he's eating. Danielle."

Way to go, Danielle.

Goshen College students spend quality time with jail inmates

Students from Goshen College's social reform club spend their time helping inmates at the Elkhart County Jail.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, men from the club visit the jail and help incarcerated boys work on their GED. Every other Saturday, women from the club spend time with female inmates, hoping to brighten up their days.

The volunteers bring only the three items they're allowed to take inside the jail: a copy of The Holy Bible, a single sheet of blank paper and a bendy pen.

The volunteering has given the inmates hope, but it's also changed the way the volunteers see the world.

Read the full story on The Record's website.

Students experience the joys of Scholastic Book Fairs

It's an event coveted by elementary school kids everywhere — it's book fair season.

Students at Mary Daly Elementary School and St. Thomas the Apostle are experiencing the joys that come with the Scholastic Book Fair this week.

Several other schools are also hosting book fairs in the coming weeks.

The book fair offers more than just books, posters and school accessories — it offers plenty of memories that children will cherish for years to come.

And even though it's snowing, here's a promising sign of spring: baseball is back

The Concord Minutemen baseball team is getting ready for its upcoming season.

The first official day of spring practice is Monday, March 17, but the team spent some time on Saturday, March 8, shoveling and otherwise clearing snow off of their varsity field.

Now, if it could only stop snowing.

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