Emery Aders is a sociable, happy 7-year-old. He also has a nervous disorder which has left him unable to walk.
On Saturday, June 13, Emery got a present from the Make-A-Wish Foundation: a new wheelchair. But, this isn’t just any wheelchair. Emery’s chair was built by the Orem-based company Extreme Motus and is designed to go where most wheelchairs can’t. Emery’s new off-road chair can go anywhere; it even floats in water.
Jorge Manolo Villarroel, an art teacher in Bolivia, transitioned to remote classes in March. To make his classes extra special, he started dressing up in different, homemade superhero costumes. Now his students and their siblings argue over who gets to tune in for each class. While the transition to online learning has been difficult due to technological barriers, Villarroel said there are many positives to the new system.
“For years, they have entered our adult world, now it’s time for us to open up to their world, which is chat,” he told The Associated Press. “When they speak they can be limited, but in chat they expand, they become the teachers and show me applications.”
A handful of college students got together at the beginning of the pandemic to create a way to help people even if they couldn’t get together in-person. The initiative, Corona Connects, started as a spreadsheet and has grown to a whole website with over 3,00 volunteer opportunities.
“I think the beauty of this platform is that we’re reminding people you might be geographically and physically alone right now, but we’re all interconnected,” Shalva Gozland told The Associated Press. “We’re here for you. And we’re one society. We’re one humanity.”
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and his wife, Patty Quillin, will donate $120 million to historically black colleges and universities to help fund student scholarships. The donation comes at a time when people across the U.S. are pointing out racial injustices. The money went to the United Negro College Fund, Spelman College and Morehouse College.
According to The Associated Press, Hastings said “everyone needs to figure out” how to contribute to and help black communities.