Mondayâ€™s are never easy, but a positive attitude can really set the tone for how the rest of the workweek goes. So, why not start the week off on the right foot by reading up on all of the good, wholesome news you missed this weekend? Sounds like a great way to start a Monday if you ask me.
Without further ado, hereâ€™s your morning roundup of all the good news you may have missed over the weekend—because we could all use a little positivity today.
University of Kentucky Offers $1 Lunches After Student Hunger Strike
A new dining location at the University of Kentucky opened its doors to offer students one-dollar meals. The discount eatery was opened thanks to the efforts of students who advocated for affordable housing and food. A multi-day hunger strike and occupation of the Main Building finally got the attention of their administration.
Beau Revlett, a University of Kentucky student and member of the Basic Needs Campaign told Newsweek, that the demonstration proved change was necessary.
Â“Hunger striking and occupying the Main Building showed the university that hundreds of students, as well as the public, care about this and need to see change,Â” Revlett said.
The one-dollar lunch cafĂ© is funded by both the university and Aramark, a food service provider. While this spring program is the first of its kind, the university hopes to make it a permanent dining option.
Read more from Newsweek
WWII Veteran Turns 98, Celebrates HisBig Day At The Gym
In need of some inspiration? Look no further then our dear friend and member Fred! Fred turned 98 years young today! Thank you for being the best part of our day Fred and Happy Birthday!!!! đźŽ‚Posted by 24 Hour Fitness - Gladstone, OR on Wednesday, April 17, 2019
World War II Veteran Fred Lawrence is easily one of the most active 98-year-olds around. He has been working out three days a week at the 24 Hour Fitness near Portland for five or six years and is a popular member of the gym.
Last week, Lawrence planned to start his 98th birthday with a workout, but when he arrived at the gym the veteran was surprised by signs, balloons, and cupcakes the staff had made. Employees also presented the 98-year-old with a new club t-shirt and a giant birthday card signed by everyone.Â After the celebration, Lawrence headed in for his regular workout.
â€śMakes me feel good,â€ť Lawrence told CNN affiliate KATU. â€śMakes me feel like Iâ€™m strengthening whatâ€™s here.â€ť
Jeremy Ybarra, who has been working out with Lawrence for a few years, is inspired by his dedication.
â€śFred to me is kind of like an adopted grandpa. Every time I see him, he gives me a big hug and tells me how happy he is to see me,â€ť Ybarra told KATU. â€śAnd I think one of the other things I learn from Fred is the amount of gratitude he has for life.â€ť
Read more from CNN
10-Year-Old Girl Born Without Hands Wins Handwriting Contest
Sara Hinesley, a 10-year-old girl from Maryland, is an extremely bright student who doesnâ€™t let lifeâ€™s obstacles stop her from succeeding. She excels in her classes and recently won the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest for her top-notch cursive skills.
Â“I thinkÂ’s itÂ’s kind of hard Â— well sometimes easy and sometimes kind of hard Â— cause you donÂ’t really remember all the letters to write,Â” Sara told CBS Baltimore.
This achievement is all the more impressive because Sara was born without her hands.
But the 10-year-old never lets this slow her down.
Â“The things I canÂ’t do, I try to figure out the ways I can do it,Â” she said, Â” and try my best to make it work.Â”
Saraâ€™s sister Veronica is always doing her best to help when she can. She even built an artificial hand for Sara in science class.
Â“Anytime I fail, I just keep doing it with Veronica cheering me on Â— I can always get to the top,Â” Sara said.
Read more from CBS Baltimore
Thatâ€™s your roundup for this week, we hope your Monday is off to a great start!