The Friday 5: Your Uplifting Stories of the Week

Sometimes the news can be, well, not so inspiring. When headlines get you down, it’s important to remember that positive things are still happening all around us. Here are five hopeful and encouraging stories to pay attention to this week:

Here’s to You, Class of 2020

For the class of 2020, graduation may not look exactly like they had planned. However, Tabari Wallace, the principal at West Craven High School in Vanceboro, North Carolina, wanted to make sure that each of the school’s 220 graduating seniors still felt seen and recognized during this time. On April 27, Wallace and some of the West Craven High School teachers drove to each of the students’ homes to celebrate them and their achievements. To make the moment even more special, Wallace wore a cap and gown on each visit. Wallace is not the only principal going above and beyond for seniors; principals all over the country celebrating in special and unique ways. Read more.

Harry Potter and the … Need to Stay Home

To the great joy of Potterheads everywhere, Wizarding World’s “Harry Potter at Home” initiative is bringing a new twist to everyone’s favorite magical series. Various members of the wizarding world are reading “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” from home . The first chapter is read by none other than the original Harry himself, Daniel Radcliffe. Stephen Fry, Dakota Fanning, David Beckham and many more are reading the others! So sit back, and enjoy your favorite words read by some of your favorite people — and maybe even get a glimpse into their homes as well! Read more.

Today’s Forecast Is Sunny With a Chance of Puppies

Does your favorite furry friend keep walking in front of your camera while you are in a Zoom class or work meeting? Well, you’re not alone. Tampa Bay’s chief meteorologist, Paul Dellegatto, has a puppy who wants a piece of the limelight. While Dellegatto was sharing the forecast from home earlier this month, his dog jumped up in front of him and refused to be ignored. But with a face like Brody’s, it is hard to be angry for long! However, Dellegatto isn’t the only meteorologist with a furry companion. Earlier this month, Al Roker also did the forecast from home with his puppy on his lap. Read more.

Dancing Grandma … TikTok’s Newest Celebrity

Eighteen-year-old Lewis Leigh is taking TikTok by storm thanks to his dancing grandma. This past week when Leigh and his family visited their beloved “nan” in order to drop off her essential groceries, he decided to teach her a new TikTok dance (from a safe distance, of course!)The video they created together is so wholesome and adorable, we can’t wait for future videos with nan. Read more.

Running for Yearbooks: How One Runner Raised Money for Kids in Need

As the school year comes to an end, many kids will buy yearbooks to commemorate their time at school. However, one man realized that not all kids, especially graduating high school seniors, would be able to afford yearbooks. So, he decided to do what he does best, run! Patrick Rodio decided he was going to run 20.2 miles to raise money for kids who cannot afford to purchase yearbooks. Rodio is an avid runner, so he thought this was the perfect way to give back. By the end of his three hour run, he was able to raise more than $5,000. And with each year book costing about $75, the money raised will definitely go a long way! Read more.

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