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May 13th, 2020
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Wonderful Wednesday
Wonderful Wednesday
What They Say?

When everything seems to be going against you, remember... the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
~Henry Ford

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.
~ Paulo Coelho


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This Day for You - May 13


Numeracy Day-The aim of Numeracy Day is to celebrate numbers and how we use them in everyday life. The day is designed to encourage people to feel curious about numbers, explore how they can benefit them in their day to day life and give them the confidence to develop and improve their numeracy skills

Apple Pie Day-Apple Pie Day can bring together all of these culinary traditions and allow people all over the world to enjoy the humble yet delicious apple joy in all its glory. It’ s about trying recipes and getting active in the kitchen. Even if you don’ t bake desserts very often, Apple Pie Day gives you the chance to change that.


1914 Joe Louis (Boxer)
1939 Harvey Keitel (Actor)
1941 Ritchie Valens (Singer)
1950 Stevie Wonder (Singer)
1961 Dennis Rodman (Basketball Player)
1964 Steven Colbert (Comedian)
1986 Robert Pattinson (Actor from Twilight)


1787 - Beginning of the Birth of Australia. On May 13, 1787 a fleet of eleven ships sailed from Portsmouth with about 750 convicts on board. They were to set up the first British colony in Australia. Later, on January 26, Captain Phillip raised his flag which came to be celebrated as Australia Day.
1830 - Ecuador gains its independence.
1846 - The United States declares war on Mexico.
1857 – Ronald Ross, Indian-English physician and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate
1940 - British politician Winston Churchill faced the House of Commons for the first time as prime minister and told the members that “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
1950 First Formula One Grand Prix race is held.
1952 – The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, holds its first sitting.
1967 – Dr. Zakir Husain becomes the third President of India. He is the first Muslim President of the Indian Union. He holds this position until August 24, 1969.
2005 - The final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise airs on TV

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“ Dream, but don't sleep ”

- Liz Murray in Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard

Whenever we are faced with any adversity, the first instinct that our minds generate is to give up. To suppress that instinct and stand back up is one of the most important lessons that we are taught as children. But most of us never really learn that and as soon as said adversity becomes too great, we tend to give up. Liz Murray never did.
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Liz Murray was born in the Bronx, New York to poor and drug-addicted parents. Her parents later contracted HIV and her mother died from AIDS in 1996, when Liz was only 15 years old. This prompted her father to go into a homeless shelter and thus, Liz and her sister became homeless. Despite the obvious and the seemingly insurmountable hardships that come with being homeless, Murray attended the Humanities Preparatory Academy and graduated in a mere span of two years(wow!).

Subsequently, she was granted the New York Times(NYT) College Scholarship for underprivileged students after she won their essay competition and applied to Harvard. Despite being homeless, she got accepted by Harvard with the NYT scholarship providing her with a full ride for her 4-year undergraduate program. However, she put her degree on hold in 2003 to care for her father’ s deteriorating health and returned to complete her program in 2006. She graduated in 2009 and began taking grad courses at Harvard with plans to earn a doctorate in Psychology and become a counsellor.

After graduating from Harvard, she founded her company Manifest Living and currently works as a motivational speaker. She is also the subject of the film Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story, released in 2003. The film received three primetime Emmy nominations.
To sum up, fate dealt Liz Murray an appalling hand. She had to face tremendous odds from a very young age without any signs of abatement. She could have given up and fallen prey to the very same monster that almost destroyed her life before it even began - drug addiction. But she never did and now she is a highly successful motivational speaker and a Harvard graduate, a privilege that very few people get to be.

Sources - Wikipedia

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Inspiration 101, 5 Mins
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Be Better, 4 Mins
Digital Media - Using it Positively!

This is the final leg of the ‘ Be Better ’ series on getting through Social Media and I’ m so glad to share with you my favourite topic: Using Digital Media Positively! But, if you need a recap, check this out:
Part 1: Understanding Social Media - Read May 8th Issue
Part 2: Becoming Socially Smart - Read May 9th Issue
Part 3: Taking care of your Online Privacy - Read May 11th Issue
Part 4: Digital Profiles - Extra Care - Read May 12th Issue

To start using the digital media positively, we definitely need a better understanding of it. You can go back there or mail me your questions!
Here is a list of things that you can do with the available free digital media and use it positively:

1. Share Happy News: Reports suggest that negative news spreads seven times faster than positive news. You can prove it wrong by using your social media channels to spread loads of positivity.

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2. Be an Aficionado: Are you of the passionate kind? Do you like to pursue your hobby religiously? If yes, then you’ re an aficionado! The best way to use social media is to make it a platform to share your amazing work, rather than making your personal life public!

3. Get Learning: Social media can be a great platform to learn and connect with experts if you are really serious about it. Use LinkedIn to connect with experts and get help with mentoring; use Instagram to connect with bloggers and learn from their expertise; use facebook to attend live sessions on your favourite topics.

4. Are you a sharing bee? Join social media to support small startups and entrepreneurs by sharing their products and services in exchange of freebies. This will not only help them grow, but you can slowly build an affiliate network that may grow to generate some pocket money too. (But money should not be your focus!)
5. Become a Change-Maker! Do you feel like giving back to society through service or contribution? There is never a better platform than social media to do that. Start it small, share it with your community, and make them your ambassadors. Don’ t forget to tag or align your work with organizations working with the United Nations.

6. Build Your Tribe: In the end, it is about social networking. Pick your interests and start building a tribe around it. Be sure about all that we talked about your privacy in the previous issue, and start your community or the tribe of your kind of people.

Social networking could be real fun if you’ re a good sport and would not mind learning a couple of things about it! Tell me in the comments, if you would like to know more about any particular medium. Don’ t hesitate to share your questions too!

Credits: The Writer is an entrepreneur, an Editor, a Social Media Expert, Digital Branding Consultant, Online Marketing Trainer and a Positivity Enthusiast, all at 27.
Reach her at radhika@theschoolsocial.in.
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Curiosity, 5 Mins
Five ways you can make a great impact during this lockdown

It is clear now that the only way to come out victorious in the current situation is through empathy and solidarity. We are isolated from each other and cannot avail social spaces for our own good. But we can still remain united and in this battle against coronavirus. We can all achieve this togetherness by some simple acts of kindness towards our surroundings. These are very simple tasks, but can make a huge impact. Read more to find out what they are…

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Leave a jar of water in the balcony
It is summer time, and the human beings are inside their homes. Previously, birds could avail to drink water from different places, but now, there is no such certainty for them. So, by keeping a jar of water in your balcony, or any open space of your house, you will be providing water to them. Soon, you’ ll see a lot of birds visiting your place for comfort.

Feed the animals outside
Similar to birds, even the dogs and cats in your locality are suffering from the scarcity of food and water. Make sure everyday, you leave some eatables for them to survive on. Unlike us, animals are finding difficulty to get food by themselves as we are stuck inside. Be kind to them and make sure they do not starve in this lockdown.

Water the plants
Gardening can be a fun activity for you to engage now. Take care of the plants you have at home. Due to summer, even the plants may die, if they are not taken care of. You can also plant seeds of vegetables in small jars and grow a small garden of yourself.

Wear a mask
This is one of the most important tasks you can do to make an impact. Wearing a mask will ensure that you are not allowing the spread of any microorganism from your body to anybody else’ s. It is the most impactful task you can do for yourself, your family and your community.

Provide help to your domestic help
Since your domestic helpers are not coming to work, they are not having a fixed earning. Due to this reason, they may not be able buy necessary stuff for themselves and their families. However, it is our duty to take care of them now, since they have taken care of us for many years, everyday. Make sure that your domestic helpers are on a paid leave. With the help of your parents, you can also make masks and sanitizers at home, and share it with them.

If we look after each other in this pandemic, we will surely defeat the virus sooner. Make sure you are kind and empathetic towards your surroundings, and especially towards your family. However, these small acts of kindness will make a great impact on others in this lockdown. So stay safe, and spread kindness!

Credits: Lovely Sarkar
Reach me at: papris705@theschoolsocial.com with your questions, opinions or feedback.
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Curiosity, 5 mins

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-- Read 'Wonder' by R J Palacio. It is a tale of a 10-year old boy named Auggie. Auggie is not like other kids. He’s different, he’s a wonder. Read the book to find out how!

-- International Competition for kids by National Geographic
Last date of registration is 25th June 2020.
Five lucky winners will get GeoSafari goodies.
You can reveal nature’s secrets with these goodies.




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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

Unlockdowning Education: Children returning to schools in England next month will be taught in “protective bubbles” of no more than 15 and kept apart from others in order to minimize risk and keep pupils safe, according to new government guidance.
Schools will be told they can abandon the two-meter physical distancing rule required among adults in favor of keeping children in small groups that will be around half the size of normal primary school classes.

Education Funding: While emergency grants for colleges and their students from the CARES Act have gotten much attention in the past few weeks, that funding isn't the only stream of new federal money headed for higher education. The U.S. Department of Education also is planning to distribute $127.5 million as part of its Reimagining Workforce Preparation grant program.
But the department so far has released scant information about what sort of programs the grants should be used to fund, and through what sort of institutions.

THE UN SOCIAL: Combating Infodemic #DontGoViral
Combating Infodemic #DontGoViral

Hello folks, during this time of the pandemic, it is not just the disease that we have to combat, it is the virus of misinformation that we are battling with too.
Here is some information on a very interesting and a much needed initiative of UNESCO.
#DontGoViral campaign to fight infodemic around COVID-19.
About the #DontGoViral campaign
The online campaign was launched by UNESCO and the Innovation for Policy Foundation (i4Policy) on 1 April. This is UNESCO’ s communication campaign to fight disinformation around COVID-19 providing basic information related to safety precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 across Africa.

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Through UNESCO’ s Offices in Africa, the i4Policy community of more than 170 innovation hubs in 45 African countries, and in partnership with the BBC World Service, the campaign empowers communities across Africa to host, mobilize, and develop information initiatives to support national and global health agencies in combatting the spread of the disease reaching communities that are most at risk.

In Niger, a country that currently hosts around 500,000 displaced persons, UNHCR actively supports the government’ s response to the pandemic, opening medical centres to isolate and treat patients in Niamey and distributing medical equipment and hygiene kits around the country. Supported by UNESCO, the “ Protect your Life ” song complements awareness raising initiatives across these communities.

As over 15,000 coronavirus cases were reported in West and Central Africa, the song was composed to express the spirit of #DontGoViral, the online campaign launched by The song “ Protect Your Life ” is part of the #DontGoViral campaign that has developed a series of openly licensed public service announcements, music videos, and songs as part ofSubtitles in Arabic, English and French are available for all materials.

Since its launch, the campaign has received more than 500 submissions from more than 40 countries in Africa. The campaign’ s social media posts on Facebook and Twitter alone have reached more than 90 million people so far, and the videos have been watched by countless more through Youtube and messaging platforms, and heard on local radio stations across the world.

CREDITS:This article has been taken from a UNESCO Press release.

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THE Happy Pill

Flo Dowler, a personal trainer in London, has been helping her neighbours get fit during the lockdown by hosting 30-minutes long exercise sessions by standing on a steel container in her street.

Follow her : @go.with.the.flo__ Credits : @thetelegraph
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Student's Blog

May 13, 2020 Credits

1) Lovely Sarkar - papris705@theschoolsocial.in
2) Ipsita - ipsita@theschoolsocial.in
3) Arko De - iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in
4) Tarini - 705tk@theschoolsocial.in

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