Good News Friday: A teacher gets a wonderful gift, and more teachers need help. A Muslim woman in Michigan set to make Congressional history. And a woman at Starbucks writes a beautiful note, thankful for a kindness

Happy Friday, world! Hope all is good with you today, a special day in our family since it’s my beautiful bride’s birthday. I won’t tell you how old she is because, you know, I value my life, but needless to say she still, seven years after I met her, is as young at heart as ever.

Lots of good news going on this week, but I want to start with this Alabama teacher who went above and beyond at her job. This educator, whose name has not appeared in the stories about this incident, would spend hours on the bus to get to her teaching job.

A parent who’s children had the teacher for several years learned she had to take the bus for so long decided to something about it. The parent, businesswoman Courtney Adeleye, gave the teacher her own car.

It’s a beautiful story and video, but as many have pointed out, wouldn’t it be nice if teachers got paid enough to afford reasonable transportation?

It’s unconscionable how poorly respected and paid educators are in America. But this video at least shows that many, many parents appreciate the sacrifice and try to make a difference where they can.

**Next up today, it’s so great to see barriers fall and diversity force its way into the way too male, way too white, halls of Congress.

Meet Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan woman who in January will become the first Muslim-American woman to ever serve in Congress. She won the Democratic primary last week and will run unopposed in November in the general election.

She’s 42, the son of a Ford auto worker, and was “at a loss for words” after her victory.

One by one, we’re getting a government that looks more like America. Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham don’t like it, but the Rashida Tlaib’s of the U.S. are the future. And it’s fabulous.

**Finally today, random acts of kindness can go such a long way. Something as simple as buying a cup of coffee for the next person in line at Starbucks can make a huge difference.

Check out this beautiful note a stranger sent to the woman who bought her coffee recently. You never, ever know what someone else is going through.

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