Kid President Introduces the White House Student Film Festival
For the past few months, K-12 students have been putting the finishing touches on short films about this year's theme: The Impact of Giving Back. We received more than 1,500 submissions from around the world and, on Friday, March 20 we premiered 15 Official Selections at the 2015 White House Film Festival.
How Underperforming School Turned Around Test Scores, Conquered Common Core
Students in 29 states are taking the Common Core tests for the first time this spring. A few years ago, one school in Washington, D.C., changed how it prepares for standardized tests, adopting home visits, pep rallies and new curricula to give students a boost.
When a victim reports a rape and undergoes a forensic exam, the rape kit is handed over to law enforcement. Law enforcement then sends the kit off for DNA testing. The results of that analysis can help catch a rapist. At least, that is what is supposed to happen.For an estimated 400,000 victims, their case was forgotten about. Their rape kit was left on a shelf or in a storage or in a warehouse. And their rapists were allowed to walk free.
College Senior Uses Songwriting to Help Overcome Genetic Disease
Twenty-two-year-old West Chester University senior Tarik Williams is more than a big man on campus. He’s “King of the Rams.” But his rise to the top had its own unique set of challenges.
When he was diagnosed with a genetic disease that robbed him of his central vision in 2009, he vowed he wouldn’t let it rob him of his future. So, he created a vision for his life.
Upstate New York Man Celebrates 108th Birthday with Wife of 82 Years
With a combined age of 212 and 82 years of marriage, an upstate New York couple could be one of the region’s oldest couples, according to the Journal News. The couple, Duranord and Jeanne Veillard, were married in November of 1932 – the same month former New York governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected the United State’s 32nd president.
Homeless Man Joins a Musician, Carlos Whittaker, for a Moving Performance As Carlos Whittaker was filming God of Second Chances in Atlanta, a homeless man named Danny randomly walked up and knelt down. After that, they put on a performance together that will move you so much. God has His soldiers everywhere.
Chanel Turner played at Bowie State on a basketball scholarship. She now works at the Pentagon as a web developer. But in 2009 she decided to take a big risk that started with a simple thought. Turner wanted a new kind of vodka.