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The Good News Report: From a 7-year-old inventor to the cutest reunion ever, the feel-good viral stories from this week

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Dropping every Sunday, The Good News Report brings you nothing but positive news about wonderful people, to uplift and inspire you.   

This 7-year-old’s answer to the climate crisis just won a pretty big award

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The Good News Report: Mark Henn's illustration of Hanna and her invention

Disney’s Dream Big, Princess invention competition has found the world’s latest climate hero in the form of seven-year-old Hanna, from London.

The competition asked young people from across the country to share ideas that could help change the world, and The Magic Magnet Plastic Catcher submitted by Hanna came out on top. The invention proposed would catch plastic and stop it from floating around in the oceans.

“Rubbish in the ocean causes big problems for sea life big and small, and also makes the ocean really dirty and poisoned,” Hanna said. “The Magic Magnet Plastic Catcher helps by catching rubbish like plastic from the water using its jagged claws and presses the rubbish automatically so that it won’t float around and pollute the ocean.”

As a prize for winning the competition, Hanna has received a piece of one-of-a-kind artwork of herself and her invention, brought to life by the legendary Walt Disney Animation Studios animator Mark Henn, who animated Disney princesses Ariel, Jasmine, Tiana, Mulan and Belle. 

The Good News Report: Hanna's winning invention.
The Good News Report: Hanna's winning invention.

Runner-up inventions included The Turtle Attraction by ten-year-old Sophia from Maidenhead, to help turtles find the sea once they’ve hatched in the wild, and The Shopolator 2019 by nine-year-old Griselda from Erith, which would help old people carry their shopping. 

A teenager who was told she’d never walk again is defying expectations thanks to her Great Dane George

Bella Burton from Ipswich, Massachusetts, was diagnosed with Morquio syndrome at birth – a disease which gradually wastes away muscle tissue – and it was therefore presumed that she would never be able to walk.

But thanks to the assistance of her service dog, a Great Dane called George, the 13-year-old has been able to walk, swim and ride a bike – defying the predictions of her medical team.

The young girl puts the improvement in her medical condition down to George’s support, as the Great Dane forced Burton to get out and walk, and would slow down whenever she needed him to.

The internet has gone crazy for this heartwarming video of two toddlers reuniting in the street

There are some video on social media that you’ll just scroll past and forget five minutes later, and then there are others which stick with you: this is one of the latter.

Michael Cisneros took to Facebook this week to share a video he captured of his two-year-old son Maxwell reuniting with his “best friend” – two-year-old Finnegan.

In the video, the pair run towards the other and meet with a massive hug.

According to Maxwell’s dad, the pair go to a music class together, and love to dance and play tennis when they meet-up.

The University of Tennessee has given a scholarship to a boy bullied for his homemade t-shirt – and welcomed him to the class of 2032

A young boy who was bullied for wearing a handmade University of Tennessee t-shirt to school has been offered a four year scholarship – despite the fact that he’s over 8 years away from starting his degree.

The boy, who loves the University of Tennessee’s football team, drew the logo by hand and stuck it to his orange t-shirt with safety pins. In a now viral Facebook post, the boy’s teacher shared how he had been proud of his creation – but became upset when the other children made fun of him.

However, after the University heard about the story, they adopted the homemade logo as an official design, and have since had it printed on a t-shirt. They also offered the boy a place at the university in 2028 – and a full four-year scholarship.

Barbie has released pilot and engineer dolls to encourage girls into STEM

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The Good News Report: Barbie has released pilot and engineer dolls to encourage girls into STEM

In a collaboration with Virgin Atlantic, Barbie has released pilot and engineer dolls to tackle the Dream Gap, a phenomenon named after research revealed that from the age of five, many girls begin to develop limiting self-beliefs and doubt their full potential.

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