Last fall, five fifth-graders at a school in Mankato, Minnesota noticed a kid with special needs getting picked on at recess. His name is James Willmert. And they did more than stick up for him. They went WAY above and beyond.
Their names are Gus Gartzke, Tyler Jones, Jake Burgess, Landon Kopischke, and Jack Pemble. We wanted to say their names on the air, because they deserve it.First, they made sure the bullying stopped, and they have his back at recess every day now. And when they realized he didn’t really have any friends, they told him to start sitting with THEM at lunch, and made him part of their group.
Now they all play football and basketball together at recess. His mom says he used to HATE recess, but now he can’t wait for it. And she recently put up a basketball hoop in their driveway, because he’s gotten really into sports.The guys also started helping him with little things he has trouble with, like opening a bag of chips or tying his shoes.
And finally, one of them recently asked what video games he has. James said he didn’t have any, so they pooled their money . . . got their parents to chip in a little more . . . and bought him a PlayStation.
A 57-year-old ex-Marine has pulled off the “People’s Plank,” which lasted 5 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds.
The PLANK consists of lying face down on mat resting on the forearms, with palms flat on the floor. Yoga enthusiasts push off the floor, raising up onto their toes, and resting on their elbows.The ex-Marine beat the record of four hours, 26 minutes set by a Chinese police officer in September.He trained for nine months—four to six hours a day, with at least 30 hours of planking thrown in every week.
During his record attempt, the ex-Marine asked for as many distractions as possible. One thing he didn’t focus on was time. No one was to tell him how much longer he had until he broke the record.
A girl in Chicago named Trameka Pope was homeless as a kid, and got pregnant in the eighth grade. But she’s still graduating high school this week as the VALEDICTORIAN. She’s going to Western Illinois University this fall, which was one of the 26 colleges that accepted her. And she’s gotten over $600,000 in scholarships.
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