Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Promises To Give Away Most of His Money — And He Starts By Giving $100M to Dolly Parton

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is already one of the richest people on the planet and he’s trying to become one of the world’s greatest philanthropists.

The 58-year-old American entrepreneur says he plans to give away most of his $124 billion fortune during his lifetime.

While speaking with CNN Business, Bezos admits he plans to pledge billions of dollars to help fight climate change and reduce inequality.

And guess where he started his remarkable philanthropic journey?

Dolly Parton.

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Bezos — who has been criticized over the years for not pledging more money to charity — unveiled his philanthropy plans after donating $100 million to the renowned country music star, Dolly Parton.

Parton, who’s a successful philanthropist in her own right, plans to use Bezos’ donation for charitable causes.

Investor Warren Buffett and Microsoft founder Bill Gates have already promised to give massive amounts of their respective fortunes away — perhaps why Bezos has had a change of heart.

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Asked by CNN whether he intended to give away most of his earnings, the businesses man answered, “yeah, I do.”

Bezos didn’t share additional details about where he would donate most of his fortune, he admitted the hard part is “figuring out how to do it in a levered way.”

The multi-billionaire (imagine being a MULTI billionaire?) previously pledged $10 billion to the Bezos Earth Fund, an initiative he launched in 2020 to help fight climate change.

Previously, Bezos was criticized for spending enormous amounts of money on trips to space instead of helping to solve problems here on Earth.

Over the past two decades, Bezos became one of the richest people on the planet after his 1994-founded internet company Amazon became a global phenomenon. Amazon has spawned a bevy of other companies and ventures including Whole Foods, MGM Studios, The Washington Post, and Twitch, to name a few.

In 2021, Bezos stepped down as Amazon CEO but remained on its board as chairman.

He is currently exploring ventures (and eventually parts of the galaxy) through his space tourism program, Blue Origin.

Why Jeff Bezos Just Gave $100 Million to Dolly Parton

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So how does Dolly Parton play into all of this?

As the catalyst for Bezos’ impending philanthropy venture, the businessman donated Dolly Parton the Bezos Courage & Civility Award, which recognizes leaders who “pursue solutions with courage and civility.”

Parton, a 76-year-old philanthropist, will be able to donate the $100 million to charities of her own choice.

While speaking with CNN, Bezos’ partner, Lauren Sánchez says, “we couldn’t have thought of someone better than to give this award to Dolly, and we know she’s going to do amazing things with it.”

“I think people who are in a position to help should put their money where their heart is,” said Parton in a video shared on her social media channels. “I will do my best to do good things with this money.”

Parton has been a high-profile supporter of charities for years. In 1986, she founded the Dollywood Foundation, a foundation that grants scholarships and awards to local high school students and gives free books to children across the world.


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Boss Goes Undercover to Work – Everything Changes When He Learns About His Employee’s Past

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On an episode of Undercover Boss that aired in 2010, the president and CEO of Roto Rooter, the largest plumbing and drain cleaning business in North America, posed as a new employee and made the rounds in order to improve his business.

However, he learned a lot more than just how to streamline plumbing, and the most valuable lesson came from an employee.

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Rick Arquilla came on the first season of Undercover Boss to see the systems he had created in action.

Even though Arquilla secretly ran the company, he was not able to do a lot of the labor the company expected of its employees. His trainer, six-year veteran of the company Chris, had to help Arquilla with even the easiest of tasks. Arquilla complimented Chris on his skill, though Chris didn’t need the praise.

“I’m very open-minded to learn something,” he said. “That’s why I am where I’m at today.”

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When Arquilla asked Chris to elaborate, Chris revealed that he was a recovering drug and alcohol addict.

“I’ve been in recovery for six and a half years,” Chris said. “It’s very tough sometimes. I realized I had a problem; I actually had to go through rehab. Six and a half years later, I’m standing right here in front of you.”

Arquilla was taken aback by Chris’s confession. “I give you a lot of credit for saying, ‘Hey, enough of this,’” Arquilla told Chris.

Why an Employee Chooses to Share His Struggles

Chris’s previous struggles were no secret, he chose to share them in order to inspire and help others.

“I have no problem sharing it with anybody neither. I have nothing to hide,” Chris said.

When Arquilla revealed to Chris that he was not a new employee but the CEO of the company, he had something else to share.

“I want you to know it’s a real honor having met you, and something else I didn’t tell you is my dad was an alcoholic. It ruined his life, made it hard on me and we never reconciled,” Arquilla told Chris. “But I did reconcile this week with him. You’re the guy who allowed me to do that.”

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Explaining this to Chris, Arquilla got emotional. Chris reached across the desk to pat Arquilla on the arm and urged the boss to “let it out.”

“You’re an inspiration to me,” Arquilla told Chris. “I want you to go around to different cities in Roto Rooter and speak about your alcohol addiction.”

Now it was Chris’s turn to get teary-eyed.

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“That would be an honor,” Chris said. “You know, if I could reach out and help just one person, it would make it worthwhile. All I can say is thank you very much.”

Arquilla went on the reality show expecting to impart his own wisdom on his employees. Instead, he learned a lot from them. Chris and Arquilla were able to transcend the imposed hierarchy of a boss-employee relationship by being honest with one another, and through this, Arquilla was able to reconcile his tumultuous past with his late father. All it took was one person to touch another’s life.


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Furious Dad Finds Out His 7-Year-Old Daughter’s “Friend” Asked Her For Topless Photos – Here’s What He Did

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In the age of social media, parents have had not only to teach their children how to stay safe in the face of danger from strangers in person, but also online.

Unfortunately, one family learned to do this the hard way.

How a Dad Saved His 7-Year-Old Daughter From an Online Predator

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In 2017, the parents of a little girl had to help their daughter navigate the internet after a predator contacted her over social media.

Brad Summer’s daughter Madi used on his and his wife’s phones when they were with her.

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“She used this app to connect with her cousins and make goofy duets of songs together,” Brad explained. “I never thought of someone pretending to be 9 to gain access to my child. We live and learn and I continue to do so every day as a parent.”

Madi’s mother shared the incident on Facebook where it garnered over 16,000 reactions and 73,000 shares within 10 days.

“To our FB friends; Today we went through something that I feel needs to be shared,” Brad wrote. “Our daughter has an app that she has been using with some friends and family members that went from fun, to making me furious. The name of this app is called”

Brad then recounted the story to his followers.

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On the app, someone posing as a nine-year-old friended Madi and they began to message each other back and forth. Not long into the direct messages, the stranger requested that Madi send him photos of herself topless.

“First I want to say how proud of our daughter I am and want this to be a warning to your families,” Brad said. “Please, tell your kids to let you know if anyone ever asks something like this, let them know it’s okay to tell you. It has helped us in this situation.”

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Thankfully, when Madi showed the interaction to her parents, they jumped into action.

“If you’re wondering if we called the police, yes and they have the phone to pull all the information to track this person down. Please feel free to share if you think it can help others,” Brad wrote.

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Fortunately, the culprit is unlikely to get away unscathed. The detective looking into this case found the IP address of the person and has submitted a subpoena to to freeze all of his records.

Because of Brad and his wife’s close involvement with their children, they were able to stop a bad thing in its tracks. Like Brad writes in his Facebook post, parents need to have open communication with their children in order to ensure their safety.


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Married Man With Alzheimer’s Forgets He Was Married – Falls in Love With Wife Again and Proposes to Her

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One Saturday evening, a man in Pennsylvania proposed to his wife as they watched their favorite television show without realizing that he was already married to her.

Peter Marshall, 56, was diagnosed with an early onset of Alzheimer’s three years ago and had begun losing memories including the ones he had cherished of his wife. Although, his wife, Lisa Marshall, 54, was determined to create new memories with him, it was “heartbreaking” for her to watch him unable to recollect old memories as she does.

Peter and Lisa Marshall Had a Whirlwind Romance


The couple met each other as neighbors in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Both were married to different partners and were busy raising kids. The families had formed a close connection until Peter’s family moved to Connecticut. After almost a year of no contact, they reconnected when they learnt they were each going through divorces.

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The two quickly became inseparable and were on an eight year long distant relationship until their children were in college. After their wedding, Lisa moved into Connecticut with Peter. Lisa described her past 12 years of marriage as a whirlwind romance.

 “He’s so kind, so gentle, so flirty and fun and romantic. He’s always been so passionate about our relationship. About me.” She said.

‘Something Was Wrong’

When Peter began forgetting his wallet or keys and slowly even words or what they meant, Lisa brushed it off as just signs of old age, but when friends and family members noticed that something was really wrong with Peter, she was concerned. After extensive tests, Peter was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease on April 30, 2020.

“I didn’t understand until I started researching and realized this was going to have a profound impact on our lives, and it was going to take my husband,” Lisa said.

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Soon the disease took over the couple’s life and memories started fading away for Peter. The first time Peter forgot his wife was when they were on a regular getaway in Rhode Island. On their way home, Peter started giving her directions as if she were a different driver who did not know where he lived.

“When we got home, he ran out to my side and opened my door for me, and walked me into our house and was so nervous showing me around,” she said. “It was adorable, but I kept waiting for him to snap back into reality, but he never did.”

“He Fell in Love With Me Twice”


On December 12, 2020, as Peter and Lisa cuddled together watching their favorite TV show “New Girl”, Peter noticed Lisa crying during a heartfelt wedding scene. Looking at her, with a huge grin on his face he said, “Let’s get married.”

Lisa was surprised and honored to see her husband falling in love with her twice. She sent a video of the moments after the proposal to her children who encouraged the couple to renew their vows. Lisa’s daughter, an event planner reached out to vendors who agreed to donate their services. On April 26, Lisa walked down the aisle to Peter waiting at the altar. A dementia specialist officiated their ceremony and the two shared simple vows.

At a time where it is difficult to find a love story enduring all the tests life throws at its way. The love Lisa and Peter has for each other is not only refreshing to hear but also reassuring for all the romantics waiting for their own love story. Currently Lisa runs a blog to help other caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s. As the disease progresses, Peter now battles with hallucinations, paranoia and extreme memory loss. Lisa is determined to stay by Peter’s side as she faces reality one day at a time knowing that he will always be hers.

Love is complicated, difficult, but deeply inspiring to witness! We all hope to have a love as strong as Peter and Lisa’s.


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Steve Harvey Protests Against Airing a Mystery Segment – But Producers Decide to Show It Anyway

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Even the most successful and privileged people get help from unexpected places to get where they are. For Steve Harvey, a Cleveland couple gave him a chance and changed the trajectory of his life. Luckily, Harvey had an opportunity to thank them in a touching and public way

The Amazing Surprise Steve Harvey Received on His Birthday

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On a recent show where Steve Harvey was celebrating his birthday, something happened that made everyone who witnessed it break down in tears. Steve’s crew decided that it would be nice to organize a surprise for him that they would show on air. When the segment started, Steve protested, insisting that he didn’t like surprises. Unbeknownst to him, this was one surprise he would love.

The mystery segment started with Steve getting an incoming video call from Orlando, Florida. The man told Steve, “Hi, this is Rich Liss from Orlando, Florida, and I called you to wish you a happy birthday.”

Steve immediately breaks down in tears, tells the man that he loves him, then he begins to explain their connection to his audience. Before he can get into his story, the man tells Steve that someone named “Becky” is also on the call, causing Steve to get even more choked up. He continues to explain to the audience that when he was 26 years old, struggling, and looking for an opportunity to make it, Rich and Becky were the first to offer him a helping hand.

They owned a furniture store in Cleveland and hired Steve’s carpet cleaning company to work for them. Then, when he started doing comedy at 27, they let him rack up a tab of over $10,000 at their travel agency which allowed him to tour and grow his career. Steve told the couple that he had been searching for them for years. It really was an amazing birthday gift to reconnect with these two wonderful people. 

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You never know what the people you encounter in life are going to accomplish. If you’re able to give people small breaks here and there, it could make all of the difference to them and potentially change their life. Without Rich and Becky’s kindness, Steve Harvey may never have become the Steve Harvey we know and love today.


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Brave Rapper Rescues 15-Year-Old Girl From Predator – But the Police Handcuffs Him Instead

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We always hear about the pitfalls of doing the wrong thing, yet Brooklyn rapper Moise Morancy will tell you that doing good can also be a rocky road.

Morancy was on the Q53 bus in the Bronx when he saw something that made his stomach turn and blood boil. Per the DailyMail, he said that there was a man trying to fondle a 15-year-old girl, touching her inner thigh. 

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With the motivation to act, Morancy told the man to stop. That’s when the man lunged at him and a fight ensued. Morancy got the best of him, grabbing the man as other passengers began to film the tussle. 

“​​Don’t you ever do that s*** again, you hear me? Don’t touch her again,” Morancy could be heard screaming.

For almost the entire time, no one stepped in to help. Instead, Morancy held the man until the police arrived. Yet, the real outrage was on its way.

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When the police arrived, Morancy said that the man “was touching a little girl and I was defending her.”

However, instead of a handshake, the officer gave him handcuffs. Meanwhile, the suspect denied doing anything wrong and accused Morancy of trying to kill him.

Morancy couldn’t believe it. “I was so confused and felt criminalized. Why is this happening to me? I was told that no matter what the circumstances were, I still assaulted him,” he said.

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But because of the witnesses on the bus and their footage, the truth came out as police uncuffed and thanked the bus hero. Meanwhile, 36-year-old Pablo Levano was arrested and charged with forcible touching. Let’s hope it’s the last bus ride he’ll be taking.

In an interview, Morancy said that an officer approached him with some kind words.

“He let me go, he said, ‘You’re a hero and I was you 20 years ago’ and he eventually called me the rose that grew from concrete, which was ironic because the girl gave me the rose.”

Yet, the true hero’s reception was yet to come.

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Shortly after, the police made amends in a big way, awarding Morancy with the ‘Good Samaritan Award.’

Morancy, who had been profiled by police before, said that the award changed his views. “I used to say I was sure there were some good officers out there, but I had never met one. I can’t say that anymore. It feels good to have a friend in the NYPD.”

To put on a bow on things, New York rapping legend Nas posted the bus video, with the caption ‘He stepped up.’

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Talking about his motivation to act that day, Morancy said, “I get wanting to help people from my mother, she’s an activist. Helping people is just in my DNA.” It’s clear that his mom was a success at raising a good son.

Chances are, both Morancy and the police learned a lesson that day. For the police, the lesson is to not be so quick to judge someone. For Morancy, it’s that there are plenty of good police officers out there.

One thing is clear: By being that rose that grew through the concrete, Morancy kept an innocent girl safe and reminds us that even though the road can be rough, good always shines in the end.


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Tennis Legend Roger Federer Retires in Grand Ceremony – He and His Rival Nadal Cannot Hold Back Their Tears

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After more than a decade of fierce competition, this rivalry finished in respect.

Tennis legend Roger Federer retired from the sport this month after competing in the Laver Cup. Even during his last time the court professionally, he and his long-time rival, Rafael Nadal, managed to change the game.

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Federer is walking away from his career with 20 Grand Slam single titles and Nadal surpasses him just barely with 22.

“On court, we have completely opposite styles, and that’s what probably makes our matches and our rivalry probably one of the biggest and most interesting,” Nadal said. “But in the family life, personal life, probably we approach life not in a very different way. That’s why we can trust each other, we can speak very often, and we’re able to speak very feeling free, feeling confident.”

Ever since Nadal entered the scene at the ATP Tour in 2004, Federer and Nadal were interlocked in a rivalry that came to define both of their careers.

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“We started when I arrived on the tour, and when I started to be a better player, then Roger was always there in front of me,” Nadal said. “For me, [he] was always the guy to beat.”

Nadal, who has spent his entire professional career rivaling Federer, can’t imagine playing with Federer no longer in the game.

“When Roger leaves the tour, an important part of my life is leaving too, because all the moments that he has been next to or in front of me are important moments of my life,” Nadal said.

Tears Were Shed on a Momentous Day

At the O2 Arena on Sept. 23, a retirement ceremony was held for Federer just after a neck-in-neck doubles game against Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe which ended in a loss for Federer and his teammate.

But it wasn’t the loss that caused a flare in emotions that night, it was the camaraderie between Federer and Nadal as Federer played his last game.

“[It has] been a difficult day to handle every single thing, and at the end everything become super emotional,” Nadal said.

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Nadal was seen in tears saying goodbye to his long-time competitor. Despite being opponents on the court, the two had an incredible camaraderie off of it.

“Having somebody like Roger that I feel confident to talk about any personal thing, it’s something that it’s very beautiful after all the things that we shared together and all the important things that we fighted for such a long time,” Nadal said.

The Most Supportive Competitors


No matter who won or lost, Federer and Nadal continued to support each other.

The two competed 40 times, 25 of which occurred in tournament finals.

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“I’m very proud to be part of his career in some way,” Nadal said. “But even for me happier to finish our career like friends after everything we shared on court like rivals.”

Even though some may expect the two to be bitter on and off the court, both Federer and Nadal continuously displayed good sportsmanship. Just one example of the humane moments between the two occurred in 2009 in Melbourne, Nadal consoled a crying Federer after Federer defeated Nadal in the finals.

The End of an Era


This on-court opposition and off-court camaraderie will affect sports for years to come. The respect between some of the greatest tennis competitors of our time shows the incredible importance of sportsmanship and how great contenders can still shake hands once the competitions is over.

If these two can give such public love to each other, there’s hope for all of our conflicts and rivalries too.


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A Flower Seller Almost Gives Up on Mother’s Day – But a Stranger’s Shocking Offer Changes Everything

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Usually, Mother’s Day is one of the hottest days of the year for flower vendors.

However, one young man was not doing the sales he expected until he met a kind stranger who would turn his day around. 

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Instagram influencer @akramadinas, who boasts more than 150k followers, recently posted a video that went viral. In the video, he asks a street vendor named Manuel, who had been selling flowers, if he had made many sales that day.

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The vendor replied that he hadn’t had the most successful of days. This was surprising, since the video was taken around Mother’s Day, when flower sales tend to be at their highest. Feeling for the vendor, the Instagram star offered to purchase the rest of the inventory. The original price was over $800, but the instagram star, who goes by AK, gave the man $1000. 

How an Instagram-Famous Flower Seller Paid It Forward on Mother’s Day

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Instead of taking the flowers home, AK decided to use them to sprinkle a bit of joy around town. Even though AK had given Manuel the money and instructed him to take the day to spend time with his family, Manuel decided to join him.

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Together the two handed out bouquets of flowers to women all over town, wishing them a happy Mother’s Day. Everyone who received a bouquet of flowers was touched and both AK and Manuel felt they had spent the day exactly as they wanted to – helping others and spreading good fortune. 

The Instagram Influencer’s Good Deed That Uplifted an Entire Community

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AK could have gone about his day without engaging with any street vendors, but instead he was motivated to help Manuel. We should all strive to be a little bit more like AK, who found an opportunity to do a good thing for one person.

His small act alone allowed both AK and Manuel to take it a step further and brighten to day of countless local women by giving then flowers as well.  What a feel good team!


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An Elementary School Janitor Just Became Its Principal – How He Did It Is Unbelievable

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One man has become the principal at the very school he once cleaned as a janitor, proving that hard work and dedication can get you where you want to go.

Mike Huss says he feels “blessed” to have had his expansive career and to start a new chapter at Ione Elementary School in Ione, California, a small town outside of Sacramento. This new chapter consists of him leading the school as the principal, but his first chapter started as the janitor.

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Not only did Huss keep the campus clean, but he also made a point to connect with the students.

“A lot of teachers here at Ione Elementary kept saying, ‘You’re wasting your time. Look at these kids. They are attracted to you … and they want to be around you and they learn from you. You need to go back and became a teacher,’” Huss said.

But becoming a teacher was never Huss’s plan. 

He took the job as a janitor so he could support his wife Karen as she pursued her dream of going to college. For Huss, higher education wasn’t something he was interested in. 

However, after he and Karen had their first child, he had a new motivation to become a teacher.

“When my son was about 3, I said, ‘You know what? I want to show my son that you can keep growing in life,’” Huss said. “I know he was young but between the encouragement from the teachers on campus and the motivation to do something to show my son nothing’s impossible, I went back to school in the late ’90s to get my teaching credential based on those inspirations.”

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That’s when Huss began to balance his full-time job, his role as a father, and school. Huss would work from 2-11 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, all while he attended Sacramento State during the day. This juggling act lasted four years.

“I was working 40 hours a week, coaching my niece’s softball team. I was going to school Tuesday and Thursday all day,” Huss said. 

Less than a week after his graduation, Huss was hired as a teacher at Ione Elementary.

“I was literally the school janitor on a Monday. I worked a double shift. I worked from 6 a.m. till about 10 p.m. that night, getting the school ready. The very next day, Tuesday, I was in my first teachers’ meeting. Thursday of that same week, I had my first class,” he said.

How the Beloved Janitor of a School Became Its New Principal

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It has only been a few weeks since Huss took over, but he has a lot of support.

“I really think that I can do this job … because I have the support of everyone,” he said. “I have to try my best every day for them. And at the end of the year, I’ve told many people if the worst thing I say is, ‘I tried my best and failed,’ I’ll try my best again next year and hopefully be even better. And I try to keep that perspective.”

The Amador Country Unified School District, his staff, and his students have helped him in his new role.

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“They give me hugs and say, ‘You’re doing a great job,’ and it’s really cute to see a first grader tell you that. ‘You don’t even know what I’m doing. But thank you very much for saying it.’ But they see me out and interacting so I think to them, that’s all that matters,” Huss said.

Huss has referred to his work as “a very rewarding career” and wants others to learn the importance of schools and teachers from his story.

“What I want people to understand is that there are really good teachers out there doing really amazing jobs,” he said. “It’s just about growing a world, making it a better place.”

What Mike Huss’ Janitor-to-Principal Story Teaches Us About Effort

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Huss put in the work and time, and with a community behind him, he went from being the school janitor to being its principal. His story shows what’s possible when you put your heart into achieving your goals and when you surround yourself with people who encourage you along the way.


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Teen Born With a Drug Addiction Eats Lunch Alone Everyday – His First Day of School Changes Everything

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One young man’s mother publicly thanked her son’s classmates when he came home from his first day of school with a huge smile on his face and an announcement — a few kids had invited him to eat lunch with them!

Why a Mother of a 16-Year-Old Boy Was Worried

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16-year-old Andrew Kirby, who was adopted from the foster care system as a baby, has faced many difficulties in his short life. He was born addicted to drugs because of a mother who used during pregnancy; Andrew also suffers from neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition that causes tumors to form in the brain, spinal cord and nerves. This condition has caused Andrew to have many major surgeries. Despite his physical hardships, he has always had a good attitude.

At school, Andrew has always been a loner. He never had much of a social life and always ate lunch alone. His worried mother would text Andrew and ask him if he had found somebody to eat with.

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He always answered that he was eating alone but encouraged his mother not to worry, telling her, “Mom, it’s ok. I get on my phone, so I don’t notice.” Andrew’s mother, Kay Kirby, was heartbroken imagining her son eating alone, surrounded by groups of his peers laughing and socializing. 

“He’s more of a loner. He’s a good kid, but he’s just different. It doesn’t make him odd or bad. He’s very loyal and everybody that meets him, loves him,” Kay said. 

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On the first day of school, Kay picked up Andrew as usual. This year, the pickup was different. Andrew excitedly told his mother that the student council kids had invited him and a few other students, who also eat alone, to sit with them. Since then, Andrew’s social life has picked up. He’s been sitting with the same group every day at lunch, and even attended a movie night with them. The new social connections have drastically lifted his mood, much to his parent’s excitement. 

“We’re just blown away. High school is hard. We’ve all been there. They didn’t care about what their peers thought and they still invited these [kids] to sit with them at lunch. I applaud them for doing that,” Andrew’s dad, Tyler Kirby said.

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Kay Kirby wrote a public message of gratitude to the kids who went out of their way to encourage Andrew, and the post has been shared more than 14,000 times. It even reached United States Senator Tim Scott, who thanked the kids for their kindness and empathy in a video he published.

We can all relate to feeling lonely and having a hard time making friends at school. We were all like Andrew once, and we should all strive to be generous and kind like the kids who invited Andrew to join them. 


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INCLUDE others

“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.” – Albert Schweitzer