Features Magazine News Volume 69, Issue 9

Good News: The Thrilling Conclusion

It’s been a long ride, but we’ve made it. We can now count the days left of school on our fingers. But just because school is ending doesn’t mean the good news is ending, too. Graduation provides its own source of good news; and the government, people and businesses are still performing good deeds on behalf of the community, even 2 full months into lockdown.

Last issue, I mentioned “Captain” Tom Moore and his legendary $40 million fundraiser for the NHS. Since then, he reached his 100th birthday, and birthday wishes came from around the globe, from Twitter users to Harry Kane, soccer captain, to the Queen herself, Queen Elizabeth II, totaling to over 125,000 birthday cards.

A little closer to home, in South San Francisco, 12 year-old Mizan Rupan-Tompkins invented a 3D-printed tool so people can avoid touching door handles and the like. The tool, called “Safe Touch Pro”, is a small hook-like device that can hook door handles and pull them open, and a puncher attached to the hook can press buttons on ATM machines and card readers. “I really made it for my parents and now it’s helping everyone,” Rupan-Tompkins said. He had first thought of the gadget early in the pandemic, when hand sanitizer was sparse and his family was having a hard time using their sleeves to open doors and push buttons. After witnessing its success with his parents, he put the prototype on his website, and it quickly gained popularity.

On the class of 2020 front, celebrities won’t let them miss prom nor their graduation ceremonies. There are many different ceremonies planned by different groups with equally famous guests, but arguably one of the most prominent is YouTube’s Dear Class of 2020, which is to be streamed on June 6th. Dear Class of 2020 will feature several celebrities, such as Barack and Michelle Obama as main commencement speakers, and Lady Gaga, BTS, former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Robert M. Gates, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Malala Yousefzai as additional commencement speakers. Additionally, celebrities like Zendaya and Alicia Keys and YouTubers like The Try Guys, Dude Perfect, and others will make an appearance. 

Beloved comedy show Parks and Recreation, which aired its final episode in 2015, aired a special episode featuring the characters connecting through a video call during social distancing. The episode was shot entirely from each cast member’s house, and the episode aimed to raise money for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. And raise money, they did; raising a total of $2.8 million for Feeding America.

Just as always, this is only a fraction of the good and inspiring things that people are doing around the world, and while The Page’s good news compilations will end with school, readers can still read about it yourself on the internet. There are many websites dedicated to just reporting good news, like GoodNews Network, The Huffington Post: Good News, The Happiness Project, and many more.