The Most Inspiring Stories of 2017 You Need to Know About

  • 15. Teacher Inspires His Students to Learn With the Power of Music In a school with a high poverty rate and below-average reading levels, teacher Michael Bonner knew he had to find an innovative and unorthodox method to get his students back on track. He offered his second-grade class at South Greenville Elementary School in Greenville, North Carolina a deal: pass the next test and they would shoot a classwide music video. And guess what? It worked! Their first video went viral, and after meeting Ellen DeGeneres in Los Angeles, they even shot a professional video with rapper Big Sean. Now, the class is finishing up their fourth music video for passing another test. They write their own truthful lyrics like "We got a lot of good grades though, if your teacher don't trust you, he gon' get you ey" and "Reading helps us learn information for school so we can answer questions and we can be cool." Bonner tells NBC Nightly, "I think it's bigger than a music video now. I think they understand that 'man, we can really do this.'" For more information, check out this reported video from NBC Nightly News:
  • 16. Millions of People Worldwide Marching for Women and Civil Rights The exact number of Women's March supporters is difficult to tally, but data estimates over 4.2 million people marched in the United States alone, not counting the many international events that occurred in solidarity. Women, men, families, and children came out on January 21, 2017 to show their frustrations at the current governmental climate towards female issues, as well as to show pride for female accomplishments and contributions to our world. The millions of handmade signs and sea of pink pussy hats were only the spark of inspiration that day.
  • 17. A Beloved Writer's Dying Wish for her Husband After a strenuous two-year battle with ovarian cancer, the beloved children's book author Amy Krouse Rosenthal knew death was coming. In March 2017, just 10 days before her passing, she published a New York Times essay called, "You May Want to Marry My Husband," in which she selflessly constructs a "dating profile" for her husband of 26 years—in hopes that someone will marry him again. She gives the nitty-gritty details like that her husband, Jason, is "5-foot-10, 160 pounds, with salt-and-pepper hair and hazel eyes." But she also lovingly describes him as a sharp dresser, a compassionate father, a creative artist, a dreamer, a generous man with a romantic flare. "Did I mention that he is incredibly handsome?" Rosenthal adds. "My guess is you know enough about him now. So let’s swipe right." Ultimately, Rosenthal regrets that her time with her husband and children was cut short. However, her gift is to present Jason's wonderful character to the next right person, so the love of her life can find love again. Amy Krouse Rosenthal died on March 13, 2017. You can read her obituary here.