Grant Rivera, superintendent of the Marietta school district in Georgia, is donating his $10,000 bonus — his first as superintendent — to help defray costs for each student applying to college. The money will go to the Marietta Schools Foundation, which will disperse the money to the students. Rivera has been superintendent since November 2016 and earns about $190,000 a year.
Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is embarking on a new venture to draw attention to the climate crisis. The 16-year-old set sail from Plymouth in England earlier this month aboard a solar-powered yacht for the United States. She plans to reach the U.S. before the start of climate talks in America in September, then continue on to South America and arrive in Santiago, Chile, ahead of a U.N. climate conference in December.
Mala Yousafzai, champion of education for young women in Pakistan and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner, has expanded her activism. The 21-year-old was in Scotland earlier this year to put the focus on how homelessness limits young women’s access to educational opportunities. Yousafzai is partnering with the homelessness charity Social Bite to draw attention to the issue. She and the charity plan to hold international “sleep-out” events that encourage people around the world to sleep on the streets in solidarity with those who are homeless.
Las Cruces, New Mexico
As a number of asylum seekers from Central and South America gathered at the U.S. border earlier this year, American customs officials dispersed migrants to various locations, among them Las Cruces, New Mexico. There, the residents welcomed about 1,600 new arrivals with food and shelter. The community also held donation efforts to gather food, clothes, and medical supplies.
The Amish are a tight-knit and mostly misunderstood Christian religious group living primarily in the states of Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Ohio. Their strong sense of community was evident when a beloved pizzeria near where they lived in rural Delta, Pennsylvania burned down. About 30 Amish people rallied around the owner of the pizzeria and helped the restaurant rebuild.