Kyle Hubler, a Hillsboro teacher at Evergreen Middle School, worked this summer to redesign his entire classroom into Hogwarts, the magical, castle-like school in Harry Potter.
The classroom has everything imaginable: feathered pens, brick wallpaper, a chess set, stone owls, cauldrons, and even keys hanging from the ceiling.
In an interview with Koin6, he said, “I’ve been collecting this stuff since I was in middle school. Most of it came from my garage.”
He hopes that by decorating the classroom like the general setting of the favorite children’s novel, he will keep the students’ attention as well as show them that he cares about them. “Once they understand that I care about them, then they can actually start to care about what I’m going to teach them”, Huber stated. “That’s really fulfilling to me.”
Four years ago, 13-year-old Carlie Steele of Amity, Oregon, caught a vision for helping people in need. Watching a telethon for children’s cancer “sparked an interest,” Carlie explained to KOIN reporters. “I thought these kids might want something to play with or something to do when they’re in this rough time.” Carlie faithfully pursued her vision, collecting $2,000 worth of donated gifts for young chemotherapy patients.
After her first project, Carlie felt inspired to keep on giving. She founded “Carlie’s Kindness Campaign,” a certified non-profit organization, to structure her charitable efforts. One Christmas, she organized a drive to collect gifts and card games for overseas military personnel. She developed a 5K run fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Oregon. And she held multiple assemblies at her school “to raise awareness and respect for those who have disabilities.”
Carlie’s campaigns have earned her national recognition: this May, she traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive a Presidential Spirit of Community Award for community service and to meet Senator Ron Wyden.
Carlie, however, intends to pursue goals much broader than national recognition and fame. “I want to try and end the negativity in the world and show kids my age that being kind is cool, and volunteering is a great thing to do.”
Cheryl Hanbury saw someone she didn’t expect to see when she stepped outside to survey the damage to her Bradenton, Florida neighborhood the morning after Hurricane Irma hit. A man in a familiar red and blue suit was cutting a tree that had fallen across her road.
“I thought, OMG! Spider-Man! I was shocked,” she said. She called her family to come out and see the hero at work. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Spider-man cut the tree down, then swung off and jumped in his little black pickup with a friend and flew off!”
Due to the evacuations, no children were around to witness the appearance of the masked man.
“It was a silver lining after waiting a long weekend for the hurricane to arrive,” Hanbury said. “People were terrified and exhausted.”
Hurricane Irma was not as bad as predicted for the Bradenton area. “We still have lots of people without power, and my neighbors’ generators are running at the moment,” she said. “But for the most part, we just have high numbers of trees and power lines down with much debris, but everyone is safe!”
Hanbury hopes Spider-Man knows he is cheering up the spirits of people in Bradenton and throughout the world, since her photos of him have gone viral.
“To Spider-Man, I would like to say ‘Thank you!’ I’m glad we have real-life heroes.”
A group of bakers decided to help their community when they saw that they were stranded due to the waters of hurricane Harvey.
Four bakers of the El Bolillo Bakery in Houston, Texas, were about to head home from a late shift when they saw they couldn’t leave safely due to flooded streets. Rather than worry, the bakers decided to keep the ovens going and bake hundreds of loaves for the hurricane victims.
The bakery’s electricity lasted through the day and night, as they baked Mexican pastries and breads particular to the shop’s specialty. The bakers used over four thousand pounds of flour by the time rescue workers arrived.
After baking all that bread, the El Bolillo distributed the bread to emergency shelters all around Houston.
Last Sunday, thousands of people took to the streets of Portland to show support for breast cancer victims in the city’s Race for the Cure.
One participant, Adrienne San Nicolas, joined the race to celebrate her own recovery from the disease: “It’s a celebration for me that another year has gone and we’re still here,” she explained.
San Nicolas received her diagnosis in 2015, at age 34. At the time, she told KOIN reporters, she struggled to accept the news about her disease: “It’s really difficult to talk about the emotions that you feel when you are told that you have cancer.”
However, San Nicolas has been free from breast cancer for two years, and now feels optimistic about finding a cure for other victims. The support she received from her doctor, friends and family during Sunday’s race is “a sign of hope that together, one day we are going to be able to get rid of this ugly disease and eliminate it from ruining people’s lives.”
To learn more about Race for the Cure, click here.
The City of Portland has recently announced plans to turn the Kevin Duckworth Memorial Dock, which is located along the east side of the Willamette River near the Steel Bridge, into a “world class” swimming and recreational area.
The dock was originally built to attract boaters downtown to watch the Blazers game; however, it ended up attracting a very different audience, including vandals. The dock is still currently open only to motorized boats.
One of the benefits of the dock is its U-shape, which could allow people to swim along the inside the dock without worrying about the dangers of boat traffic.
Willie Levenson, who works with the Human Access Project and has been working with the City of Portland to create this swimming area, stated in an interview with KGW, “This is going to create one more opportunity for people to get into the river.”
Changes are expected to occur after the year 2021. However, the city and the Oregon State Marine Board are working to make these changes even sooner. The costs of the changes are expected to be around $200,000.