A mom buys 1,500 pairs of shoes in closing Payless for kids in need

Carrie Jernigan of Alma, Arkansas, took her daughter to a Payless going-out-of-business sale to get her a new pair of shoes. She ended up leaving with every pair in the store. At Payless, Jernigan’s daughter 4th-grade daughter, Harper, saw a pair she wanted to buy for her friend, whose shoes she had noticed were too …

Blind memoir teacher helps Chicago seniors preserve their stories

Teachers aren’t supposed to have favorites and Beth Finke knows this — she’s been teaching for more than a dozen years, after all. But Wanda, Finke will tell you unapologetically, is the exception. “She has taught me so much,” Finke said. “She’s my favorite and the whole class knows it, and that’s OK.” Wanda is …

13-Year-Old Track Star Surprised by Military Mom at Finish Line

Not only was this teen track star racing toward the finish line, she was running toward her mom, who decided to surprise her on the track after a six-month deployment. Right after 13-year-old Jada McGee of Edward Harris Junior Middle School in Sacramento, California, crossed the finish line, winning the relay race for her team, she dashed straight …