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Teacher Brings Clippers on Graduation Day to Give Students Free Haircuts

Teacher Robert Dunham Gives Grad Haircuts
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Being a teacher often comes with extra responsibilities not listed in the job description. Besides educating our youngest minds, many teachers are also the only other adults our kids interact with on a daily basis. That often means looking out for not just their mental wellbeing, but their emotional and physical health as well.

So on June 12th, as his 5th-grade class prepared for their “Moving on” ceremony, Robert Dunham did as many teachers do each day: went above and beyond. The first year elementary educator woke up with a feeling his kids may need a little extra TLC on such a momentous occasion.

“I just had this gut feeling that some of my boys weren’t going to be able to get a haircut, so I instinctively picked up the clippers,” Dunham told Yahoo. “My wife says to me ‘where you going with those clippers?’ and I said ‘something tells me some of my students are going to need a trim.’” Dunham is no stranger to barbershops. His father who had raised the family in Brooklyn owned a chain of barbershops where Dunham picked up the trade.

As his students began arriving at school that day, Dunham knew his initial instincts were correct. He took out the clippers and began trimming, one kid after another. Word spread quickly around Carver Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia, and soon other teachers caught wind of Dunham’s random act of awesomeness.

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“The next thing I know, one of my colleagues came to my room and said, ‘Can I send you one more?’ and I said, “Just keep sending them!” recounts Dunham. “One of my colleagues from 4th grade just started taking pictures and then she posted them, and it took off from there.”

Not looking for notoriety or a pat on the back, Dunham says he was only doing what he thought was right and trying to lead by example while giving his kids the best day he could. “It was their Moving on Ceremony and I wanted it to be special.”

The news comes just a year after a state investigation uncovered a cheating ring at the elementary school, led by then school principal, Kiwana Yates. “Often we get a bad rap because of things that happened in the past,” Dunham told news station WTVR. “We tell people, this is in the new Carver.”

Dunham says he always tries to lead by example, leaving his students and all of us with a simple message: “Remember to always get caught doing the right thing, remain humble, and it’s not always about how you start, but it’s how you finish.”

Recognize the Signs, Break the Stigma: Today is Father’s Mental Health Day

Father's Mental Health Day
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Over the past few decades, doctors, researchers and moms alike have all shed a light on a once darkened corner of the parental experience. Postpartum depression (PPD), an often debilitating condition that impacts at least 10 to 20 percent of new mothers, has slowly begun to move from the shadows and into common conversations in doctor’s offices and even on personal blogs.

Not to be confused with “baby blues”, a much more common occurrence marked by mood swings or feelings of depression caused by mostly hormonal changes immediately after child birth, PPD persists for weeks or months on end, mirroring symptoms of serious clinical depression.

Postpartum depression is not a weakness, but instead an unfortunate complication of childbirth that with prompt treatment and support, can typically be managed. While the actual causes are still unclear, research suggests several factors are at play, including hormonal changes, situational risks and life stresses in general.

While most of the attention has justifiably been on mothers, data shows that up to 10% of fathers also struggle with symptoms of PPD. That number jumps as high as 50% when their partner is also experiencing PPD. Although men often try to live up to cultural expectations of unwavering emotional strength, a wealth of research now confirms that even dads may need a little support during what can be one of the biggest life changes any person can experience.

That research, along with his personal experiences, is what led Mark Williams to help found International Fathers Mental Health Day. The initiative is centered around a whole-family approach with hopes to raise awareness and ensure all parents have the resources they need when they need them.

In 2004, Williams experienced severe depression and suffered in silence for years until eventually having a breakdown. In a post he wrote about the experience, Williams shared how patriarchal stereotypes and societal stigmas kept him from seeking help for far too long. “I hated feeling the way I did and didn’t feel like a man. Wasn’t I supposed to be the strong one?”

His wife Michelle was experiencing PPD at the same time but eventually was able to get the support she needed. Mark, however, internalized most of his emotions and instead withdrew from his loved ones, making it harder for anyone to recognize his cries for help. “I’ve learned that postpartum depression and anxiety can look very different in fathers. For me, I acted totally out of character and wanted to avoid family members. I drank more to cope and was not feeling the overwhelming paternal love that society was telling me I should, ” Mark wrote, adding “ I didn’t think men could have postnatal depression and felt I had to “man up” because all I wanted was for my wife to be happy.”

While his story is all too common, resources and visibility surrounding men’s mental health are few and far between. Dr. Andrew Mayers is one of several medical professionals attempting to break the stigmas surrounding PPD in both men and women.

“We are running three studies at Bournemouth University currently: one focusing on asking dads how the support they got (and need) when dealing with their wife/partner’s (perinatal) mental illness; the second examining support fathers need for their own mental health; while the third focuses on birth trauma.”

According to the site MakeBirthBetter.org, around 20-45% of women perceive their childbirth as traumatic. An otherwise ‘normal’ birth may be perceived as traumatic due to things such as “loss of control, perceived threat or physical harm to self or baby, or negative attitudes of healthcare professionals involved in the birth.” Now imagine like many fathers these days, you’re in the delivery room watching as your partner suffers, feeling helpless and often ignored by medical professionals.

Pediatrician Dr. David Levine had his own personal experience with PPD which took the Yale-educated doctor to a very dark place.

While efforts are underway encouraging men to reach out, there is still a long way to go before many will feel comfortable seeking help or even discussing potential issues with their doctor or partner. For Mark Williams, it’s all about encouraging others not to wait. “I have been at my lowest ebb and have come out the other side. The best advice I can give you all is that the quicker you get the help, the quicker the recovery.”

If you think you or a loved one may be experiencing signs of mental illness, visit www.mhascreening.org to take a free, quick and confidential screen for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, and/or Alcohol or Substance Use Problems.

For more information surrounding mental health in dads, visit Dr. Mayers resources page as well as the Fathers page on Postpartum Support International’s site. In addition, here’s a quick infographic on men’s mental health in America:

Father’s Day Exists Because a Daughter Wanted to Honor Her Single Dad

Sonora Smart Dodd and William Jackson Smart

110 years ago in a small church in Spokane, Washington, Sonora Smart Dodd listened to a sermon on the newly recognized “Mother’s Day” celebration. Having lost her own mom more than a decade prior, Dodd and her five siblings had been raised by her father, William Jackson Smart. A hardworking farmer and veteran of the Civil War, Smart had moved his family from Arkansas to Washington following the passing of his wife. Dodd, who held her father in high esteem, immediately felt compelled to honor him, and fathers everywhere, with their own special day of recognition.

Following the sermon, Dodd contacted the Spokane Ministerial Alliance, sharing her thoughts on the subject and suggesting her own father’s birthday of June 5th as a possible date. While they agreed with her stance on recognizing dads, the church instead chose the third Sunday in June for an annual Father’s Day service.

The following year, on June 19, 1910, parishioners in Spokane celebrated the very first official Father’s Day. While the event continued on and gained some traction at churches regionally over the next few decades, it failed to attract widespread attention on the national stage.

In 1939, retailers from around the country formed the National Council for the Promotion of Father’s Day in an attempt to… well… sell more ties. From clothiers to sporting goods stores, business jumped at the chance to have an annual mid-year, holiday-driven sales boost. Unfortunately, the endeavor would take quite a bit longer to build up steam than initially anticipated.


Decades later, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a presidential proclamation encouraging states and municipalities to cooperate in celebrating its observance. However, it wasn’t until 1972 that a permanent, nationally recognized day of observance was established by President Richard Nixon. Sonora Smart Dodd, the woman who is officially recognized as the founder of father’s day, was still alive to see it, passing away six years later.

These days, over 75 percent of Americans will celebrate the holiday, spending an estimated $16 billion on gifts for dad, according to an annual survey via the National Retail Federation (NRF). “Over the past decade, spending on Father’s Day gifts has increased significantly. Retailers are ready with gifts that will have no problem impressing dad,” says NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay.

Father’s Day spending has grown 70 percent in just the past 10 years, a trend that shows no signs of slowing, but still falls short of the whopping $25 billion we spent on moms last year.

While the commercialization of the holiday is far from what Sonora Smart Dodd had originally intended, dads around the world can thank her for having at least one Sunday on the calendar with their name on it… and a few extra silk ties in their closet.

John Legend Is on a Mission to Modernize Men’s Rooms For Dads

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Things have changed pretty drastically over the past 50 years.

Computers that once occupied entire buildings now fit comfortably in our pockets, cars can (sort of) drive themselves, and as you’re probably aware: dads can change diapers.

Today, terms like “co-parenting” are becoming more prevalent as households continue to evolve, often challenging long-held stereotypes regarding typical parental roles in the process. Studies from institutions around the globe have confirmed the positive impact dads can have on their kids by being more involved, not to mention the break it gives our other half to do something crazy like take a shower or sleep for 15 minutes.

Although dads are now changing, both diapers and patriarchal predispositions, there’s one place that hasn’t quite kept up. While women’s restrooms across the world have adapted to the needs of moms on-the-move, dads have been relegated to changing diapers on the hood of their car or even worse, while having to hold them on their lap. 

Well, fear not, dutiful dads! Music sensation and all-around cool guy, John Legend, has set out to remedy this shitty situation by partnering with Pampers on a new campaign dubbed “Love the Change” launched earlier this week.

According to research from Pampers, 9 out of 10 dads surveyed say they’ve entered a public bathroom that didn’t have a changing table. To be fair, most of us have entered men’s rooms that didn’t have a working toilet. So the initiative aims to install 5,000 Koala Kare changing stations in public restrooms around North America by 2021.

While Legend and his wife – model, author, and Twitter phenom Chrissy Teigen – have both acknowledged they are often privy to luxuries most only dream of, when it comes to changing a diaper, anyone who has done it knows that having a safe place to do the deed can be the difference between wipe and death.

In an interview with TODAY, Legend says that with the addition of his son, Miles, he’s even more aware of the perils surrounding potty time. “It’s a little more dangerous; You have to shield yourself. I just caught a little spray the other day,” he laughed. 

“Daddy diaper duty is a real thing,” Legend said. “Daddies should be involved, and overall, we should be involved in the parenting responsibilities as much as we can. It’s time for society to say it’s time to change this kind of thing.”

Pampers and Koala Kare have selected the first 500 locations that will receive the new tables, with initial installations planned in the next few weeks. The company is also encouraging dads to share a photo or video of their favorite bonding moment using #LoveTheChange on Instagram.

3 Things to Do With Your Kids This Father’s Day Weekend

Build Something Together

If you’re the type of dad who’s skilled with a skill saw and handy with a hammer, why not impart your lifetime of knowledge onto your kids? As with any activity, safety comes first. Make sure the type of work you’ll be doing is the sort where little hands or clumsy feet won’t cause a serious accident.

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If you’re unsure exactly how your kids can pitch in, the easiest and likely safest way to start is to just have them close by while you explain what you’re doing. Remember to start simple.

Why a Phillips head instead of a flat head? Crescent wrench or torque? Things that may seem mundane to you may be new information for young, inquiring minds. Hell, you may even remember a few things you didn’t even know you learned in the first place.

Even if you’re not a handy guy, here’s a perfect chance to learn something yourself while creating new memories with your kids to boot. Again: SAFETY FIRST!

Share Your Collections

Oftentimes we dads tend to keep things close to the chest, even when it comes to our hobbies and passions. Father’s Day is a perfect excuse to flaunt your knowledge on a random topic or bust out your carefully curated coin collection.

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Maybe it’s old stamps. Maybe you have baseball cards. Man I hope you didn’t invest too heavily in baseball cards. Either way, whatever makes your dad clock tick, open up and share it with your kids.

Worst-case scenario, they’ll learn a little something about you and have a better estimate of what they’ll inherit after you’re gone.

Sorry son, I really thought PEZ dispensers would be a sound investment.

FORE!

Yep. You’ve waited long enough now. It’s time to start teaching your kids how to golf.

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Are there more important lessons they need to learn in life? Sure. But think about this: What other sport can you play well into your twilight years that encourages mid-day beers and disappearing into nature for hours at a time? Maybe teach them that part later.

Yes, it also teaches focus and some other stuff I’m sure, but look at the potential upside if your kid goes pro. You’ve seen their free-throws and they couldn’t kick a soccer ball straight to save their own life depended on it. But golf, damn it. This may be their ticket.

Even if you’re not an insane person like myself, a trip to the driving range or even just chipping around in the backyard may be all it takes to spark their interest into a hobby that can last a lifetime. Check out products like Almost Golf that let you practice at home without taking out a window… again.

Whatever you do, do it with your kids. It’s Father’s Day. Bask in the fact you’ve created another person and enjoy every moment that you can.

Watch This “Unearthed” Footage From the Original Ghostbusters

Unearthed Ghostbusters Footage Revealed
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Fans of the original Ghostbuster just got a fresh dose of previously unreleased footage from the first film that has until now, been sealed away in a Kansas mine. Seriously.

Director Jason Reitman, one of the creative forces behind the upcoming Ghostbusters 3, teased the newly-found clips during an appearance at the Ghostbusters Fan Fest this past weekend in Los Angeles. Jason, along with the original director and his own father, Ivan Reitman, gave fans a sneak peek at both the old clips along with a few hints about what to expect in the third installment.


“We went to Sony, and we said, ‘We’d really love to get back into the original dailies from 1984. Do you still have them?’ And we found them. They were in a mine in Kansas, and we shipped the boxes to Burbank. We’ve been going through the footage for reasons I cannot tell you, but along the way we found some really cool stuff.”

The video from the Fan Fest is almost 30 minutes long but we’ve taken the liberty of queuing up three segments below that feature the footage in question:


After seeing a few of the scenes, it’s clear there are plenty of ways to use them, be it in a flashback or perhaps some after-credit outtakes. Either way, these newly discovered reels won’t be going back underground anytime soon.

While reboots and continuations have often relied on prior footage to tie things together, another bit of good news has recently been released that certainly has fans of the originals eagerly anticipating the new addition.


In an interview with Parade magazine that came out on Friday, actress Sigourney Weaver all but confirmed that she and crew will be returning in some way, shape or form.

While she remained tight-lipped on details, she confirmed her character, Dana Barrett, will certainly be there and told Parade “It’s going to be crazy working with the guys again,” alluding to comedy phenoms Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd along with potential others who graced the screen of the original 1984 classic.

While that’s exciting news for fans of the franchise, don’t expect it to be solely focused on the original cast. It has been announced that Stranger Things star, Finn Wolfhard, along with actresses Carrie Coon of HBO’s The Leftovers and Mckenna Grace of Captain Marvel fame, will be the focus of the new feature.


Ghostbusters 3 should begin shooting in about five weeks and is currently scheduled to be released on July 10, 2020. To watch the interview in its entirety, head on over to SlashFilm’s YouTube channel.

5-Year-Old Requests Pre-Surgery Dance Party With His Grandpa

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Five-year-old Kyu San Juan was born with cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a tangle of abnormal blood vessels which connect arteries and veins in the brain and spine. First diagnosed in 2017 after a rupture caused Kyu to have a seizure, the Wisconsin boy underwent a craniotomy to repair the condition earlier last year. While the surgery was an initial success, doctors, unfortunately, discovered the AVM had returned and would require yet another surgery.

As the family prepared to once again take Kyu to the hospital, the tiny patient had one more thing he needed to do. The night before his scheduled brain surgery at around midnight, Rasami Moua, Kyu’s mother, says her son made a special request: He wanted to go dancing.

“We all were getting ready to go to bed,” she told Inside Edition, but instead, Rasami and Kyu’s grandfather, Txhiaj Sawm Muas, lovingly agreed. They hopped in the car and began driving. Kyu and his mom knew their destination, but Kyu’s grandfather had no idea where this journey would end up. So when they pulled into the parking lot at Festival Foods, Kyu’s grandfather was understandably confused.

Grandpa: Do you guys need to buy something?

Kyu: No grandpa, we dance here in the groceries store.

Rasami, who typically grocery shops late evenings, says Kyu is no stranger to the frozen food aisle. It’s there, on nights when his mother does her shopping, that Kyu busts out some of his best moves. 

Rasami posted the above interaction along with a clip of Kyu and his grandfather dancing on Facebook.

 

As you can see in the video, Kyu definitely has some serious moves and to be honest, grandpa’s not doing too bad either. While there may be no medical evidence that dancing made the difference, Kyu made it through his surgery the next day with better than anticipated results.

Festival Foods even caught wind of the dancing duo and sent their mascot, Boomer the Turkey, to visit Kyu while he was still in recovery. The company also sent plenty of food and snacks to keep Kyu’s energy up for dancing.

Kyu says it no matter where you are, it’s never a bad place to do some dancing. Whether it’s busting moves or letting kids ride to surgery in style, we say anything that helps make these difficult situations easier on those involved is most certainly a win.

Those looking to follow Kyu’s story or donate to the families medical expenses can visit their facebook page here.

14-Year-Old’s Cupcake Business Funds a Family Trip to Disney World

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One Minnesota teen has baked up a serious bankroll thanks to his hard work, determination and some really good timing.

When 14-year-old Isaiah Tuckett began selling his homemade cupcakes, the local bakery in his hometown of Madison, Minnesota had just closed their doors. That made young Isaiah the only game in town for 30 miles, and the orders started rolling in. After seeing initial success, the young entrepreneur set a goal: Make enough money to take his entire family to Disney World.

Isaiah had always wanted to visit the most magical place on earth, however his family, like so many others, struggled to afford such an expensive excursion. Undeterred, Isaiah began baking – selling a dozen of his custom made cupcakes for $20 a pop. From graduations to weddings, funerals to birthdays, Isaiah put every dollar away toward his dream vacation. At the same time, Isaiah’s cupcakes were winning ribbons and accolades at baking competitions around the area.

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Much to his own surprise, just one year later, the busy baker had stashed away over $4500. That was enough to buy theme park tickets, airfare and hotel rooms for six of his family members and himself. Isaiah, his parents, his siblings and his nephew enjoyed a memorable getaway, all thanks to the young man’s hard work and dedication.

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His mom, Cheri, says Isaiah had shown an interest in the culinary arts at a very young age, often choosing The Food Network over cartoons and kid’s shows. At age 12, he took his paid first cupcake order, investing his first profits to purchase himself a KitchenAid stand mixer – a must for any serious baker.

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While the trip is over, Isaiah now has his sights set even higher. The dessert dynamo is now saving up his dough to purchase a pickup truck for when he turns 16. With two years to make it happen, we’re pretty sure he’ll be able to rise to the occasion. Isaiah even hopes to one day save up enough to attend culinary school with dreams of eventually becoming a chef.

At just 14-years-old, Isaiah Tuckett has learned one of the most important life lessons mush earlier than most: Making money is good, but spending it on those you love makes it even sweeter.

UK Researchers: Up to 25 Cups of Coffee a Day Safe for Your Heart

Up to 25 Cups a Day is Safe
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Every few years, a new study is released telling us that the things we typically eat and drink are taboo, or are now only ok in almost laughable amounts. Whether it’s eggs, wine, chocolate or coffee, these studies make us feel like our everyday activities are to blame for all that ails us.

Well, jump for joy, java junkies: coffee is now… ok! Yep, that’s right. The liquid crutch that most of us rely on to start our mornings is finally back on the list of things that likely won’t hasten your demise, at least when it comes to your heart.

Previous studies had claimed drinking coffee stiffens arteries, putting pressure on the heart, thus increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke. But now the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has brewed up some new research that suggests no such correlation, even in those consuming a ridiculous amount of coffee each day.


The new research involved over 8,000 participants split into three groups: The first consuming less than one cup of coffee a day, the second, between one and three cups a day, and the third was those who drink more than three. All participants underwent MRI scans and other tests with results remaining consistent even when factors including weight and tobacco use were factored into the equation. Researchers found even those drinking up to 25 cups a day were no more likely to have stiffening arteries than those who drank one or less.

Dr. Kenneth Fung, from Queen Mary University of London, says the research should help quell fears among coffee lovers around the world who may have been dissuaded by prior studies. “Despite the huge popularity of coffee worldwide, different reports could put people off from enjoying it,” adding “Whilst we can’t prove a causal link in this study, our research indicates coffee isn’t as bad for the arteries as previous studies would suggest.”

Professor Metin Avkiran of BHF says the new study should alleviate concerns when it comes to coffee and arteries. “There are several conflicting studies saying different things about coffee, and it can be difficult to filter what we should believe and what we shouldn’t. This research will hopefully put some of the media reports in perspective, as it rules out one of the potentially detrimental effects of coffee on our arteries.”

So bottoms up, all you java drinking, mocha sipping, latte loving, coffee consumers! Here’s to enjoying your third cup before 11 am and eventually crashing way earlier than you thought you would!

3 Things to Do With Your Kids This Weekend

The weekend is almost here which means that while work emails may subside, your other bosses (your kids) will be demanding your undivided attention. Finding things to keep them occupied while maintaining your own sanity can often seem like a losing battle. That’s why we’ve come up with a few simple activities that will keep your kids entertained without breaking the bank.

Here are three ideas to help you as a parent make the most out of family time and maybe even have a little fun yourself.

Take a Hike

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Luckily there are often places within 15-20 minutes of where you live that offer miles of trails and natural attractions that you’ve likely passed by many times on your daily commute.

Head over to Google and search for “Hiking trails near me”. Chances are you’ll discover dozens of destinations you’ve likely never considered. While these trails may not have high-end amenities or breathtaking views, they each offer a unique look at local foliage and wildlife.

Also consider searching for wildlife preserves, conservatories, and Audubon societies. These organizations, often supported by individuals in the community as well as national initiatives, showcase nature in the least intrusive way possible by providing access to areas that highlight your areas unique topography and wildlife, all while paying respect to its preservation for generations to come.

Batter Up!

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In a nod to America’s favorite pastime, why not load up the entire crew and head to your local batting cages? Beyond letting you relive your former glory days, these family-friendly locales are geared towards every age group with speeds that range from slow to blazing. With all the equipment you’ll need, its an easy spur-of-the-moment adventure that requires nothing but your family and of course your wallet. Watch for specials and group discounts to get the most bang for your buck.

In addition, these establishments often have other activities such as mini-golf or driving ranges on site or near-by. Grab an ice-cream or hot dog at the concession stand and make a day out of it!

Scale New Heights

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These man-made monuments can be found at your local gym, community center and even at specialized “Ninja” training facilities that have now become fixtures of major cities and main streets alike. Beyond rock walls, these “ninja gyms” have dozens of familiar obstacles featured on the internationally known television series, all designed with different age levels and abilities in mind.

Day passes are typically available for most of these facilities and many offer open houses for the community to come in and try out the facility free of charge. Check first to see if any local parks have rock walls to try before committing to anything too large for their first time.

Whatever you decide to do this weekend, remember your kids are getting older every day and so are you. Try to keep up with them while you can, supervise and encourage them when you can’t, and most importantly, treasure every moment because it all goes by quicker than a fastball at the batting cages.

For more suggestions check out last week’s 3 Things to Do With Your Kids.

Marine, Firefighter Dad Punches Shark in Face to Save Daughter

Dad Punches Shark
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When you become a father, your personal safety immediately takes a back seat to your child’s wellbeing. Most dads would rather endure a major injury than have to see their child suffer for even a second. Even the most mild-mannered parent can become a superhero when their children’s safety is at risk.

Now imagine the threat is deadly and that their life is on the line. That was the case on Sunday when Charlie Winter was enjoying a day at Atlantic Beach in North Carolina with his 17-year-old daughter, Paige. The two were standing in waist-deep water having a casual conversation when suddenly Paige was pulled under. It was a shark that had grabbed ahold of Paige and was now refusing to let her go – Charlie immediately leaping into action, repeatedly punching the shark in the face.

“Charlie wouldn’t stop until it released his little girl,” family friend Brandon Bersch told the TODAY show. “He lives for his children.”

After striking what experts believe was a bull shark several times, Charlie was able to free his daughter and bring her ashore. Being both a firefighter as well as a veteran paramedic, the father – who Bersch says remained calm the entire time – immediately assessed his daughter’s injuries and applied pressure to the many wounds while waiting for help to arrive.

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Paige was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center where she underwent emergency surgery that included a leg amputation.

While Paige will require several more surgeries in the weeks and months ahead, Bersch says she’s still optimistic and holds no grudge against the ocean. “As soon as Paige woke up at the hospital, she made a comment about how she doesn’t have animosity toward sharks and she still loves the sea.”

Paige’s mom, Marcy Winter, posted on Facebook that her daughter is in good spirits and “wants everyone to know that sharks are still good people.”

Tyler Bowling of the Florida Program for Shark Research agrees. “The majority of sharks are not dangerous in any way shape or form,” Bowling told TODAY. “There’s only a few species which become aggressive and often it’s a case of the shark grabbing a human by mistake.”

Officials indicate the shark was likely one of the more aggressive species found in the area and that on average, only two attacks are reported in that area each year. Bowling recommends swimming with others in a group as shark attacks are most often on individuals swimming alone. In addition, remove all jewelry and try to avoid early morning and dusk as those are the times sharks typically hunt.

Despite a long road ahead, Bersch, and everyone close to the family is taking solace in the fact that Paige survived. “Paige is alive today because of her father,” adding “Charlie is the bravest man I know.”

Being credited with saving his daughter’s life, the brave father is no stranger to this sort of recognition. Back in 2013, the death-defying dad rescued a 2-year-old from a home fully engulfed in flames, being awarded a national award for his heroism.

The family has already received over $34,000 as of publication via a GoFundMe page that has been set up. To follow Paige’s progress or to make a donation, visit Prayers For Paige.

Dad Tricks out His Sons Grave Digger Power Wheels and It’s Freakin’ Sweet

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Some dads dream of one day tricking out their kid’s power wheel, but not Geoff Gallo. That’s because Geoff Gallo is a doer.

Going by “poppafixit” on Instagram, Gallo is one of those cool guys who just seems to be good at everything. From remodeling houses to swapping out transmissions, to spending quality time with his family, Gallo makes the rest of us look like we’re just phoning it in.

While stories of parents souping up their kid’s toys can be found all over the web, Gallo’s modifications to his son Wesley’s 24v Grave Digger are truly awe-inspiring. An upgraded motor, soft spring suspension and some seriously beefed up tires are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this black and green beast.

Pictures of the build tell the story of just how committed Gallo is to souping-up Power Wheels. His workshop is stacked to the gills with the tiny toy trucks like some sort of juvenile junkyard. But Gallo shared on Reddit that he often trash-picks the old Power Wheels since it’s typically just the batteries that have gone bad.

Although swapping out a battery is something most of us can do (after watching a short YouTube video just to confirm we totally know what we’re doing) the other mods would likely be out of reach for the typical weekend warrior. However, for those other doer dads out there, Gallo has shared a ton of photos detailing the build and has answered questions on both his Instagram and reddit accounts.

In a post on Instagram, Gallo says it’s the time he gets to spend with his son working on something they’re both interested in that makes it such a perfect project.

“There’s nothing better than building with your children. I love that I get to share so much awesome time with my son and that he’s actually enthusiastic about learning what I have to teach. I’m so excited to see what all he builds on his own in the coming years.”

As for the tricked out truck, we’ll let this recent clip do the talking:

Keep up with Gallo’s future projects here or see photos of the entire build here.

And if a Barbie Jeep is more your speed, check out this one with a 50HP engine.

Sisters Run Lemonade Stand to Help Pay off Other Student’s Lunch Debts

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Unfortunately, stories about unpaid school lunch debts are becoming more and more prevalent. While the thought of schools trying to collect from families that are struggling is an upsetting thought, the truth is many districts are only trying to keep up with federal mandates meant to help ensure kids always have a warm meal, even if just once or twice a day.

The National School Lunch Program is a federal initiative aimed at providing free or low-cost meals to families that qualify, however parents need to apply for schools to receive the benefits. Much of the debt you hear about is money districts are required to repay the federal government for meals provided to those unable to pay that either never filled out the paperwork or simply couldn’t pay the reduced costs.

Recently, several wealthy benefactors have stepped up to pay off thousands of dollars in lunch debts in areas across the country, but it’s two sisters from North Carolina that are reminding us all that you don’t need to be a billionaire to pitch in.

(Facebook/Erin Hager)

Hailey and Hannah Hager are helping their local district pay down over $40,000 worth of lunch debts, only they’re doing it one cup of lemonade at a time.

The girls’ mother, Erin, purchased a lemonade stand for her daughters in order for them to raise money for causes they felt were important. Their first sale benefited an area hospice home, but while looking for their next recipient, the girls’ principal shared how students all around them could use a hand.

“I remember being begged [by school officials] at the beginning of the year to please fill out free and reduced lunch [forms], even if you think you might not qualify,” Erin recently told the Today Show. Without the documentation, the district is responsible for paying the USDA the full amount owed, putting additional strain on already tight school budgets. While that $40,000 is spread across 36 schools in the district, it’s still a difficult number to fathom.

So a few weeks ago, the two girls set their sights on first chipping away at the debt facing their own schools. During their first weekend, the pair raised $460 and as of today, have raised enough to pay off all the debts at Hannah’s school, Southwood Elementary.

Emily Lipe, Superintendent of Davidson County Schools, says they’ve been moved by what these two girls have been able to accomplish in such a short time. “We are incredibly proud of these girls for this tremendous show of selflessness, compassion, and willingness to be empathetic toward their peers.”

The girls say they’ll keep on going, moving next to the middle and high schools in their town, then shift to the remaining schools, paying off as much debt as possible.

“The goal is to raise as far as they can go to pay off the full [$41,000] debt. The possibility is endless,” says Erin. “Having so much support has been phenomenal. It’s very emotional.” A Facebook page and fundraiser has also been established and folks all over the country are now pitching in to help the sisters.

This is just another example of how making a difference isn’t something reserved for those with power or wealth. Oftentimes the biggest change starts with just a few people deciding to take the first step.