Good News Friday: The real-life “Avengers” actor help make a huge donation to children’s hospitals. A girl born with no hands wins a handwriting award. And a Teacher of the Year award winner we should all admire


And a Happy Friday to all of you out there! Hope you had a terrific week, which if you’re one of the incredible athletic men taken in the first round of the NFL Draft last night, you surely did! (Quick aside: There were thousands of thousands of people in Nashville last night to watch the draft live. I will never understand why anyone wants to watch this “sporting event” live. Nothing happens! A man walks out on stage, announces a name, that dude comes out, and that’s it. Over and over again. But hey, that’s me.)

Anyway, lots of good news as always to share with you this week, and I want to start with a rarity here on Good News Friday, and that’s the cast of a superhero movie doing something very cool.

The new “Avengers” movie is coming out this week, and recently “Avengers” actors Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd and Brie Larson showed up with Disney CEO Robert Iger at Disney California Adventure Park to help announce a donation of $5 million to children’s hospitals across the country.

According to this story on, at the event, members of the local Boys& Girls Clubs also got to hang out with the Avengers at Downtown Disney’s LEGO store, plus they all went home with new toys. So basically, a bunch of kids just had the best day ever.

Very awesome move; children’s hospitals need and deserve all the money they can get.

Also, this was pretty cool by the “Avengers” actors: Singing Billy Joel’s classic “We Didn’t Start The Fire” but with lyrics changed to recap the history of the franchise’s movies:

**Next up today, check out this incredible story my sister sent me this week, and which was featured on ABC News Thursday night:

Meet Sara Hinesley, a 10-year-old girl in Maryland, who just won the Nicholas Maxim Award in the 2019 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.

What’s the big deal about a kid winning a handwriting award? Well, Sara was born without any hands.

Amazing. You go, Sara.

**And finally today, meet Rodney Robinson, a teacher for incarcerated kids, who entered the profession to honor his mom, who grew up during segregation and wasn’t able to graduate from high school due to poverty.

Now Rodney has been named a National Teacher of the Year.

According to this CNN story, Robinson, who teaches at Virgie Binford Education Center, a school inside the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center in Virginia, was just named the National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

“He creates a positive school culture by empowering his students — many of whom have experienced trauma — to become civically minded social advocates who use their skills and voices to affect physical and policy changes at their school and in their communities,” the council said in a statement.

Read about how Rodney was inspired by his mother to go in to education, and all the good work he does trying to help kids who clearly are in need of guidance.

“(I want them to know that) you’re important and you have a place in this world and you can achieve your goals,” Robinson said. “Jail is only a temporary setback.”

I know there are a million teachers worth honoring out there, and they don’t get nearly the attention they should. So for all the Rodney Robinsons out there, we salute you.

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