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Fresh Off the Net: Healing Ukraine, Leading the mercy cheer, Personalized handshakes


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The Daily Catch - published on 10/19/16

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A comprehensive view of the trauma that the affected region of Eastern Ukraine has sustained in the last few years, as well as the efforts to heal the people displaced:

It is no surprise that with such a large number of internally displaced people there is a growing need to address psychological distress, especially in children. Near Toretsk, in the Donetsk region, we met some of the educators who have participated in the “Life Skills Education project.” It is part of an EU Children of Peace project, here implemented by Unicef. Educators have been trained to use emotional communication to help conflict-affected students. “Every teacher has a chance to practice a specific teaching lesson which helps them to implement this at school and teach the kids. The aim is that the child could open up in a relaxed situation, speak out and maybe overcome a certain event,” says Project Coordinator Olena Spirke.

Student Surprises Cheerleader When Military Dad Can’t Make Performance – (

When Addie Rodriguez’s father had to miss “Parents’ Day” while serving his country, one boy stepped up in a big way:

A high school senior’s kind gesture toward a young cheerleader received a round of applause Saturday, after he willingly stepped in for her father who was unable to attend her performance. Addie Rodriguez, 9, was cheering on her team that morning, which also happened to be “Parents’ Day.” Addie’s father Abel Rodriguez, a senior airman in the Air Force, was away for training at the time and had to miss the game.


Mr. Barry White Jr. has come up with a way to get each of his students involved at the start of each day. He goes out of his way to share a personalized handshake with each one.

Some teachers kick off the day by taking attendance or even handing out a pop quiz. Barry White Jr., though, starts off the day with a personalized handshake with each one of his students. Video of the fifth-grade teacher performing the intricate and impressive handshakes was posted on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Facebook page, with each student clearly having a blast as they perform their unique hand routine. The handshake video has been viewed over 860,000 times on Facebook, with commenters praising the North Carolina teacher for his creative approach at engaging with students.

8 Chilling Ways To Serve Anything But Candy At Your Halloween Party – (

Here are a bunch of fun ideas for creepy party props for your Halloween enjoyment! It’s almost here folks! (Pics in the link)

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