In Today's Issue: Texas 10-Year-Old on a Mission To Spread Kindness

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A big-hearted, 10-year-old Texas boy certainly lives by the maxim that it’s better to give than to receive. Orion Jean, a Fort Worth fifth grader, has shared his love for reading by collecting and donating 120,000 books to other children. He’s also partnered with a nonprofit to provide 100,000 meals to Texas families. On top of that, he launched a toy drive that sent more than 600 toys to sick kids at a children’s hospital.

Orion’s campaign of compassion took hold after he won a national student speech competition last year. It was sponsored by an organization that aims to inspire kids’ acts of kindness in schools and communities. In his video speech, Orion called on Americans to embark on a “race to kindness.” He said: “Kindness is a virtue we can all possess. So why not start today? Because right now, it’s what we need more than ever.”

With his $500 prize, Orion organized his toy drive for kids at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, and the donations poured in. Then his online “Race to Kindness” campaign quickly brought in meals and books. Now he’s aiming to hit his goal of 500,000 book donations by the end of this month.

Orion’s advice to the rest of us: “Go out and spread an act of kindness because if everyone on this planet spread one act of kindness, the world would be a much better place.” 

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US Politics (Grades 11-12)

Biden Executive Orders Will Reverse Trump Policies

President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign a flurry of executive orders soon after his inauguration tomorrow. He plans to address what he’s calling the four crises facing the country. They are COVID-19, the economic downturn, racial injustice, and climate change.

An executive order is a written directive from the president carrying powers similar to a federal law. Presidents have historically used these orders to push policies forward quickly because they do not require approval from Congress. The downside of executive orders is that they are easily overturned by any new president. That is not true for federal laws.

Among other moves overturning Trump administration policies, Biden’s orders will return the US to the Paris Climate Accord and to the Iran nuclear deal.

Related to the pandemic, Biden will require face masks on federal properties and during interstate travel. Other orders will be aimed at safely reopening schools and businesses.

On immigration, Biden will order agencies to determine how to reunite children separated from their families after crossing the US-Mexico border. Another order will end travel restrictions targeting majority-Muslim countries.

Other orders will address “equity and support communities of color,” criminal justice reform, and access to healthcare.

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