Bal-A-What???  Bal-A-Vis-X is a new learning strategy that teachers are using to help kids succeed.  At first glance, the teaching tool may seem like a simple game, but the skills involved require high levels of thinking and concentration.  It encourages cooperation and memorization and helps improve test scores. Click the link below to learn more about the…Read more »

It’s Magic!

When kids meet Ivan Mazurkie, it can be scary.  He’s a paramedic, and he sees kids when they’re sick or injured or when someone they love is sick or injured.  He transforms fear to joy with magic tricks in the back of his ambulance and in hospital rooms.  Prepare to laugh out loud when you…Read more »


A group of fathers in Indiana meet to support each other as fathers of children with Down syndrome.  They call themselves D.A.D.S. (Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome).  For new parents, the initial diagnosis can be overwhelming, but this group helps new and veteran fathers by offering critical support, shared stories, and a common bond.  It’s a great story…Read more »

Go, Gabby, Go!

Next month marks nine years since Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords suffered life-changing injuries after a shooting in Tucson.  Last month she triumphantly rode in the Tour de Tucson bike ride.  Her efforts raised funds for Friends of Aphasia.  Her recovery has been long and hard; yet, she continues to find ways to reach out and help…Read more »

Second Spoon

Today is Thanksgiving.  Many of us will sit down at a dinner table overflowing with food.  Many of us will have leftovers, and in a few days, many of us will throw those leftovers away.  One college student, Mo Hasan, noticed how much food was thrown away at the dining hall at his school.  He…Read more »

Making a Difference

November is National Adoption Month.  Lamont Thomas knows that very well.  He has fostered more than thirty kids in his life, and his family just grew again and again and again and again and again.  You’ll want to watch today’s Story of Joy to get the full story.  It’s the story of an incredible man…Read more »