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  Brother and Sister write letter to Deceased Dad in Heaven and receive a letter back!


Every year on their father’s birthday, seven-year-old Jase Hyndman and ten year old Sister Nieve wrote a letter addressed to their late Dad, who passed away in 2014, the BBC reports.

But this year, a Royal Post Office Manager named Sean Milligan spotted the letter and was compelled to assure the kiids that it had been safely delivered. On official Royal Post Office letterhead, Milligan writes: “I'm happy to inform you that we succeeded in delivering your letter to your Dad in heaven. This was a difficult challenge avoiding the moon, other planets and stars along the way.  He continues, “The Royal Post Office’s priority is to ensure our customers' mail is delivered safely, and I know how important this letter is to you.”

There is no greater gift to children at Christmas than to share it with their parents, especially when one of them is in Heaven!  Merry Christmas Jase and Nieve


                            Rishab Jain, 13 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge Winner


At the “ripe old age” of 13, Rishab Jain has been named the Winner of the 2018 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, for his work in developing a new way to accurately locate and track the pancreas in real-time during MRI radiotherapy treatments. His creative genius will enable the treatment to be more effective. Rishab tested his algorithm using images of the human digestive system, and found it could correctly detect the pancreas with a 98.9 percent success rate. As the grand prize winner, 7th grader was awarded $25,000 for phenomenal medical breakthrough.Rishab makes a very profound statement to all kiids by way of FOX BUSINESS, he says“Failure is a key part of success. Just because you make a mistake or something doesn’t go right the first time, doesn’t mean it’s time to give up. Perseverance and dedication are two valuable ingredients to include in your pursuit of success. Failure is defined when you give up.” Rishabs ultimate goal is to become a medical Doctor. This goes to prove that Kiids Rool!

                                                     Six Year Old Little Big Shot Humanitarian 


After appearing on NBC's "Little Big Shots," which is hosted by Steve Harvey, six year old Tyler Stallings purchased and packed everything from new shirts and pants to soap, washcloths, lotion, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes and toothpaste, which he often donates to MCVET for Veterans.  Some of the Veterans who utilize MCVET services appeared in Tyler's "Little Big Shots" segment. On March 25, 2018 and April 1, 2018, first grader Tyler was presented the Little Big Shots Humanitarian Award for Season 3, for his ongoing support of American Veterans in need. Many viewers responded by donating to MCVET, a national nonprofit based in Baltimore, Md. on behalf of Tyler Stallings. MCVET provides services and support to homeless male and female veterans across the country. Tyler has been thanking Americas heroes with special gifts, raising awareness and providing critical items for homeless veterans since he was four years old. The youngster’s initiatives are funded through proceeds from Kid Time Enterprises, which Tyler serves as the honorary CEO. Jeffrey Kendrick, MCVET’s executive director says that "Tyler Stallings has a big heart! When you see young Tyler’s level of commitment … I’m awestruck.” Not only does he care for America's heroes and thank them for their service but he is also a Kiid Hero in the news!!

                                          The Seven Year-Old Surgeon In Kiids News


 Akrit Jaswal is a young boy who has been called "the world's smartest boy" and it's easy to see why. His IQ is 146 and is considered the smartest person his age in Indiaundefineda country of more than a billion people.

Akrit came to public attention when in 2000 he performed his first medical procedure at his family home. He was seven. His patient undefined a local girl who could not afford a doctor undefined was eight. Her hand had been burnt in a fire, causing her fingers to close into a tight fist that wouldn't open. Akrit had no formal medical training and no experience of surgery, yet he managed to free her fingers and she was able to use her hand again.

He focused his phenomenal intelligence on medicine and at the age of twelve he claimed to be on the verge of discovering a cure for cancer. He is now studying for a science degree at Chandigarh College and is the youngest student ever accepted by an Indian University.

When Evesham Township Police Department office took this photo with seven year old Rocco Reglbuto, who helped save his mom's life by calling 911 on Friday, March 3, 2017, he was wearing a superman hat, but today he was the real hero!

Authorities are hailing Rocco as a hero after he saved his mom's life by calling 911, police said. His mom was having difficulty breathing and remaining conscious Friday and, through Rocco's quick thinking, authorities said they were able to get her to the hospital. According to 6abc.com, his mother Danielle Regalbuto was having a severe asthma attack and was able to hand her cellphone to Rocco to make the call. Evesham Police Department and Evesham Fire Department responded and transported her to the hospital. If it were not for the brave and educated actions of this 7-year-old boy, this might have ended tragically! "We think he is very special and reminds us all of the importance of children knowing how to dial 911!" 

           12 Year Old CEO  "Top 25 People Shaping Retail's Future"

12-year-old Mikaila Ulmer, who is the founder and chief executive of "Me & the Bees Lemonade," is already a sensation in the natural and organic foods market. Her journey began at age four when she was stung "twice" by a bee. Mikaila's great-grandmother helped her perfect a special recipe for "flaxseed lemonade which is sweetened with local honey."

Mikaila, donates a portion of her sales profits with local and international organizations fighting to save honeybees. In 2016, she was named among the "Top 25 People Shaping Retail's Future" by the National Retail Foundation. The Microsoft chief called Mikaila an inspiration to the youth, with a passion to change the world, and one of the most impressive CEO's he's ever met. 

Shark Tank Investor extraordinaire and FUBU CEO Daymond John was sold on the BeeSweet story, and immediately negotiated a powerful deal with CEO Mikaila. The story of Mikaila;s success was televised on “Good Morning America,” where she was interviewed by Anchor Host, Robin Roberts.

12 Year-Old Saves his Father's Life!!

Bonnie Rock is a small city on the far western edge of the Outback. So when the Justin Bowron accidentally flipped his truck over, seriously injuring his scalp and pinning himself under the vehicle. He was 31 miles from the nearest hospital, which didn’t have a doctor. The nearest was 124 miles away. Bonnie wasn’t alone, his 12-year-old son Michael was with him. Michael couldn’t help his father, as he was slightly injured as well. Michael was able to crawl out of the wreckage and reached the truck’s radio.


Unfortunately the radio was damaged during the crash. Michael followed his father’s instruction and located a spare battery. With no electronics experience, Michael hot-wired the radio and service was restored. He had to strip the wires off the radio and then connect them to the external battery. Throughout the entire process, the truck’s engine was running, leaking gas and oil that threated to ignite. Michael managed radio for help and within an hour his father Justin was in an ambulance, receiving medical attention. Michael’s bravery makes him a real life Kiid Super Hero.

Grand Valley Teen has idea to Combat Bullying in Schools

After winning a $5,000 scholarship from SOS Children’s Safety Magazine for writing a resource guide aimed at preventing bullying and violence in schools, the 18-year-old Grand Valley native might want to add the words “Overcome it” and “Make a Difference” to that motto.

Graduating last June, Erika van der Grinten described her high school days as far from easy. The victim of name calling, verbal taunts and some forms of cyberbullying on Facebook, the pretty teen was “badly bullied” for her appearance throughout her entire tenture at high school.

“It gave me a really low self-esteem and I tended to have bad social anxiety because of it,” she said. “It made me not want to go to school some days.”

Not only did bullying impact van der Grinten’s self-esteem, it impacted her studies, as she was more worried about steering clear of those verbal taunts than her school work.

“I just really dreaded going to some classes because I knew some people would be there,” she said. “I would be more focused on not interacting with them than I would be on what we were learning.”

Despite that, van der Grinten graduated with honors in June, did a co-op placement at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dufferin and District and has assisted as a child and youth worker at several local public schools. That was when van der Grinten developed a passion for helping others, especially troubled teens and at-risk youth. As a result, van der Grinten is currently in her first year of Humber College’s three-year Child and Youth Worker program.

Homeless Girl Scout Troup 6000 Have a Great View of the Future!

The members of Girl Scout Troup 6000 are just like any other girls; they go on trips, they draw, sing, dance, and sell those famous cookies. But their connection goes beyond tagalongs and thin mints. The Troup is the first New York City based Troup to be made up solely of homeless girls. All the members live at the Sleep Inn in Queens, in a building transformed into a homeless shelter for 100 families. The Troup was created by Ms. Gisele Burgess, a homeless mother of five.

The Troup has 25 members of all levels, Brownies to Cadettes, ages 5-14. Troup 6000 was recently featured guests of the Hall of Fame TV show, “The View.” Ms. Burgess says, “These Kiids are our future engineers, fashion designers, professional athletes, doctors, and community leaders and the future is here, now.

Australian Teen Invents Lifesaving Device for Swimmers Around the World


Every ocean lover should know the perils of getting caught in a rip current. Experienced swimmers know the fundamentals of dealing with rip currents which threaten inexperienced beachgoers every day, placing themselves at risk of drowning due to fatigue. According to the US National Ocean Service, rip currents kill about 100 swimmers each year and account for 80% of all lifeguard rescues. These frightening statistics may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the device known as the Clever GIRL (Global Intelligent Rip Locator), a smart buoy that alerts swimmers of the presence of deadly rip currents. The ingenious device is the brainchild of Australian teenager Maddison King, a recent winner of a “Young Scientist Award.” She came up with the brilliant idea after discovering that most children were unable to detect rip currents. She is among many Kiids that express themselves outside the box and prove that Kiids are the future and this future is now!

Taylor's Gift

Losing a loved one can be tough but Kiids Rool wanted to share an extremely uplifting and powerful story that came from the loss of an outgoing and energetic 13 year old girl.  


Sweetening Up the Holidays

A little something for the soldiers serving our country

The holidays have become a little "sweeter" for many soldiers thanks to some devoted volunteers.

It all started nine years ago when St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church in the Chicago area adopted a unit of about 190 soldiers in Iraq. People around the church began sending essential everyday items that the soldiers could use. They sent everything from toothpaste to clothesundefineduntil two years ago.

"The captain of the unit told us that the one thing that soldiers really enjoyed was home-baked goods," said Jane Kilanowski, the coordinator of the program.

So that is exactly what St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church began to send. When the church launched its Cookies for Soldiers program last year, it asked people from around the community to bake homemade cookies. If they couldn't bake, the church asked people to donate money to help defer the cost of shipping the cookies.

"We involved teen groups, parish people, and even children from the local school," said Kilanowski. "If for some reason kids couldn't get out of the house, this was something that they could do at home and with their family instead of, for example, a game night."

Everyone played an important role in this program, especially the kids.

St. Julie's teen group hosted a pancake breakfast, raising money for the Cookies for Soldiers program. Many teens helped with the baking and packaging of the cookies, as well. Cookies ranged from chocolate chip to peanut butter to decorated cutout cookies and even Santa Claus-shaped Rice Krispie treats.

More than 110 cookie-filled shoeboxes, along with notes of encouragement and thanks, filled 55 shipping boxes and were sent to the adopted soldiers this holiday season.

"It was nice to show my appreciation for the soldiers and for what they are doing for all of us," said Dustin Uher, a teenager helping in the program.

Some kids also made cards for the soldiers.

"Somewhere, someone is going to feel really good about receiving this card," said Olivia Smith, one of the creative card-making kids. "I am truly grateful to the soldiers, and I just wanted to show my gratitude through my artistic ability."

"It is nice to have the opportunity to bake for people who do not have as much as I do," she said. "And it is also very nice to see people coming together to help someone in need."

"We receive letters back from the soldiers thanking us for how great this program is," she said.  The letters are posted on a bulletin board at the church.

The Cookies for Soldiers program involves both young and old, working on a shared goal: sweetening a soldier's holiday by satisfying their sweet tooth.

Social networks come to the aid of bullied 7 year-old girl

Occasionally a really good news story about social networking comes along.  Here's the story of a 7 year-old Chicago girl who, as an avid Star Wars fan, took a Star Wars drinks bottle to school but was bullied after classmates told her Star Wars wasn’t for girls.

Little Katie said about the bullying “The first grade boys are teasing me at lunch because I have a Star Wars water bottle.  They say it’s only for boys.  Every day they make fun of me for drinking out of it.  I want them to stop, so I’ll just bring a pink water bottle.”

The story was first reported as part of an anti-bullying awareness week but since then the story has gone viral with over 1,700 comments and over 11,000 Facebook likes.  Users of Twitter then picked up the story using the hashtag #MayTheForceBeWithKatie and now the story has spread internationally.

A new Facebook event “Support Star Wars and Geek Pride for Katie” is urging attendees, of which there are currently almost 1,200, to “wear a Star Wars tee shirt or any other piece of paraphernalia to show that you support Katie”.

While this story is light-hearted, it also makes an important statement about the web today and the power it can wield.  While thousands of people supporting Katie online will probably have little or no actual effect on the children bullying her in the playground, it’s a wonderful example of the public rallying around a story to raise awareness of a serious issue.  Bullying can have very unpleasant consequences at any age.

Katie is now carrying her Star Wars drinks bottle to school with pride.

Kiids Make a Difference
Shelter Helpers

The children squeal with delight as puppies frolic around their feet.

"The puppies are really cute and fun to play with," says Hannah C., a fourth grader at Daniel Island School in Charleston, South Carolina.

Hannah and her mom are new volunteers at Pet Helpers, a nonprofit, no-kill shelter in Charleston devoted to helping cats and dogs of all shapes and sizes. The shelter is also known for helping the occasional ferret or rabbit, too!

What makes Pet Helpers special is that it encourages people of all ages to volunteer. Kids like Hannah, who are under the age of 17, can work at the shelter with an adult assistant.

Volunteers are required to complete a training session where they learn the ins and outs of being a Pet Helpers' volunteer. These sessions are run by Pet Helpers Volunteer Coordinator Elizabeth Spillars.

In addition, Pet Helpers also partners with students from the nearby Porter Gaud School. Spillars said she appreciates the enthusiasm and helping hands that Porter Gaud students bring to Pet Helpers.

"Pet Helpers is a great place to volunteer if you are an animal lover because you form a relationship with the animals," Spillars told the Scholastic Kids Press Corps. She added that youth volunteers at Pet Helpers gain respect for what the animals in the shelter have been through, while also having fun.

The Porter Gaud students volunteer at Pet Helpers once a month through a program that science teacher and service coordinator Gretchen Tate set up. Tate has known the founder of Pet Helpers, Carol Linville, for 12 years and thought that pairing kids and pets at the shelter would be a great idea.

"I think that animals are somewhat helpless creatures," Tate says. "We need to be their caretakers and take good care of them."

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Teen Girls Bring Comfort to Thousands of Kids

Anastasia Fullerton and her cousin Madeline Petrow were only twelve years old when they read Jennings Michael Burch's autobiography  'They Cage the Animals at Night', a stirring tale about his childhood as an orphan. 

In the book, Jennings describes how uncertain his childhood was, as he moved between foster homes and orphanages. His only solace during these tough times was his best friend 'Doggie', a stuffed animal that never left his side.

The book inspired the two girls so much that they decided to help find a  'Doggie' for other less fortunate kids, and the idea of 'Cuddle Buddies' was born.

Initially, the two planned to collect stuffed animals for just the holiday season and donate them to two charities - the Lincoln Center in Oakland and Kids Crises in Connecticut . However, after successfully collecting and donating over 1,500 animals in the first year, the two decided to continue Cuddle Buddies as a long-term project.

Now in its fourth year, Cuddle Buddies collects more than 2,500 stuffed animals every year and they don't go to just local charities - but all the way to orphanages in Kenya and Zimbabwe.  Cuddle Buddies recently even received a request for stuffed animals from China. 

Jennings, whose book started it all, says he is very touched that his book made such an impact on two young girls, who in turn are providing comfort and hope to  thousands of young children who have little to look forward to.

And it isn't just Jennings who was impressed with the Anastasia's efforts. She was recently presented with the Jefferson Award, a prestigious national recognition system which honors people for outstanding community and public service.

Anastasia says that she had never in her wildest dreams thought she would be able to make a difference in the life of kids all the way in Africa and that she would love to visit them some day.

The Making of a Prodigy

When Siva Kalyan was born, his spine or backbone was deformed resulting in a lifelong difficulty in walking. But that hasn't stopped the nine-year-old from becoming a prodigy. This child, who loves reading comics, writing stories and enjoys sketching cartoon strips, is learning advanced mathematics and physics from one of the most reputed universities in the United States of America.

When Siva was born, his backbone was not straight, his joints were loose and the muscles were weak. Till he was three-and-a-half years old, Siva could not even crawl. Wanting the best treatment for their son, Siva's parents moved with him from India to Australia and later shifted to the United States of America.

When Siva reached the United States, his parents enrolled him in class two based on his age. But his teachers soon realised they had a genius amongst them. Siva was then tested for class eight, but it was soon found out that he actually qualified for college courses.

Siva's genius has been recognised and he has received two awards from the Centre of Talented Youth of America's prestigious Johns Hopkins University. He also got very good marks in the SAT I and SAT II exams.

And as if one advanced course (which means a PhD) is not enough, the brilliant boy is doing two courses from Stanford University - one in advanced mathematics, the other in physics.

The family believes that once a strong foundation is built for the child in English and Mathematics, the child is equipped to master any other subject, be it law, history, or engineering. It is equally important to recognise the strengths of a child rather than forcing the child to do things that he may not want.

Siva's parents helped Siva focus his energies on his strength, which is obviously mathematics. At the same time they took care to see that he had friends to play with and enjoyed a few recreational activities. The only activity that's restricted for Siva is viewing television. Siva watches TV only for 30 minutes a day and video games are a bonus for special occasions.

Thanks to his mother who is a Carnatic singer, Siva has also learned music and even won the first and second prize at two competitions. In sports, he likes to swim. He began to learn swimming to strengthen his muscles, but by the age of eight he was able to swim a kilometre in both backstroke as well as free-style.

His parents' role in Siva's success has proven beyond doubt the truth of a research study conducted among British children recently. The study, which points out that Indian-born children have overtaken native Britishers in academic performance, squarely holds parents' involvement in their children's studies to be responsible for the children's superior performance.

California Kids Sell Lemonade to Help Somalia

Children in a California neighborhood gathered to raise money to help feed the hungry children in Somalia.  They did so by selling lemonade, cookies and cupcakes at their self-made lemonade stand. Watch the video and see how much money they were able to raise! Famine has been officially declared in five regions of Somalia and the United Nations expects the famine to spread across all regions at an alarming rate. Somalia currently has the highest malnutrition level in the world today with malnutrition rates at more than 50 percent. The declaration of famine confirms that the food crisis in the Horn of Africa is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.

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