Welcome once more aboard the Mood Elevator. Here's some stories that have fallen down the back of the Internet for Tuesday 14th February.
The CBC in Canada has a story about pupils creating what it calls a "ring of peace" around a school to promote inclusion.
Still reeling from the Quebec mosque shooting and the climate following travel restrictions imposed by the US, many sought solidarity from their communities.You can see photos of find out more about the story by checking out the show notes or going to moodelevator.org.
DailyKos.com shares a story from one of the USA Today websites, about comedian Stephen Colbert, who isn't massively well-known in the UK, but who now heads one of the big nightly talk shows in the States.
He announced on Thursday via live video, that he would fund every existing grant request South Carolina public school teachers have made on an education crowdfunding website. He's partnering with Share Fair Nation and ScanSource to fund nearly 1,000 projects for more than 800 teachers at over 375 schools, totalling $800,000.
ESPN have a story about a youth basketball team in New Jersey decided it would rather give up the rest of its season than play without its two female teammates. The Catholic Youth Organisation league recently notified officials at St John's in Clark, New Jersey, that their fifth-grade team should never have been mixed-sex and their girls wouldn't be permitted to finish the season. The squad unanimously decided to not take to the court without their full team in a vote Friday taken before a game.
Even though 31-year-old Chris Salvatore and 89-year-old Norma Cook are vastly different ages, they are the perfect roommates for each other – and the best of friends.
So says this article from the Good News Network, about a California actor called Chris, who decided he didn't want his neighbour to have to live alone.
“I would help her cook meals, drive her to the doctors, banks, pharmacies and even just recently I got the amazing experience to accompany her to vote. We had such a blast these past few years filled with so much joy and laughter” says Chris.
After doctors said she'd need round-the-clock care, Chris decided to provide that himself, and invited Norma to move in.
And finally, Whitney Kittrell is a single mother to a young boy whose nursery was holding a "Dads and Doughnuts" day. She asked her son if he wanted to bring his grandfather along, and he said he wanted her because he was her "mother and father". So, she drew on a moustache and a beard, donned a baseball cap and went out to breakfast with her son. After the event, he ran up to her and whispered "Mom, I know that you'll always be there and do anything for me. Thank you. I love you".
And there you go. If you want to help me out, and keep this rickety show on the rails, send me your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org, or find me on Twitter @elevatorpod. If Valentine's Day means anything to you, I hope you have a nice one. Either way, I'll see you in a few days.