Two brothers from North Carolina started a pay-it-forward campaign when two military men in uniform walked into a Chick-Fil-A.
Stephen and Jonathan Full took their kids to a local Chick-Fil-A when Jonathan decided to pay for two military personnel who were in line. According to Stephen’s Facebook post, the act of kindness was in honor of their brother who committed suicide a week ago, suffering from PTSD after being on tour in the Middle East,
“As he paid for their meals, in remembrance of our late brother Joshua who suffered mentally from severe PTSD, he asked them to reach out to anyone they knew with PTSD and try their best to get them the help they needed.”
In an interview with ABC 11 Jonathan said, “It’s always been on my mind to pay for some military members’ meals when I get the chance. It just hit me real good in my heart to do it then. And it just happened.”
Thinking he was just paying for two military member, Jonathan was surprised when he turned around and nine more showed up. That didn’t change his mind. Jonathan was determined to pay for every single one of them.
“What felt moving through my heart is I didn’t care if 200 more showed. I was still going to buy the meal,” he said.
The Full brothers hope that others follow their lead by expressing gratitude to men and women in service, “the real hometown heroes are the ones whose meals were paid for,” Stephen said.
“A little random act of kindness never hurt nobody,” Jonathan said.
Virginia School District Stops Celebrating Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day Because of the “Racial Undertones” in His Books
It’s all so tiresome.
The Loudoun County School District in northern Virginia has stopped celebrating Dr. Seuss during Read Across America Day because of the “strong racial undertones” in some of his books.
“Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss. Examples include anti-Japanese American political cartoons and cartoons depicting African Americans for sale captioned with offensive language,” the district wrote in a statement.
“Given this research, and LCPS’ focus on equity and culturally responsive instruction, LCPS provided this guidance to schools during the past couple of years to not connect Read Across America Day exclusively with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Dr. Seuss and his books are no longer the emphasis of ‘Read Across America Day’ in Loudoun County Public Schools,” the statement added.
To be clear, this does not mean that Loudoun County School District is outright banning Dr. Seuss’ books. They are still available for children to read in their libraries and classrooms.
Read Across America Day is celebrated every year on March 2, the day of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and many schools across the country celebrate National Reading Month every March.
The National Education Association, which created National Reading Month and Read Across America Day, started to distance themselves from explicit promotion of Dr. Seuss in 2017 and now promotes non-white authors who write books about “racial justice,” “inclusivity,” and so on.
Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, worked as a political cartoonist in addition to illustrating and writing children’s books. Interestingly enough, Geisel was a passionate supporter of FDR and a lifelong liberal Democrat.
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