Friday Good News Roundup: December 23, 2016
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Merry Christmas weekend! Here’s your weekly good news roundup to start the holidays off right: A university in Thailand will start accepting rice as a form of payment to help out farmers, a city in France just installed the world's first solar-powered road, and a mosque in London donated nearly 10 tons of food to the homeless community.
1. AG Web: There’s a university in Thailand that accepts rice as a form of payment.
Rangsit University, a private college in the northern part of Bangkok, has begun accepting rice as tuition payment. The goal is to help farming families by valuing rice at a higher market price as the nation struggles with an overabundance of the grain.
2. Good News Network: A city in France just installed the world’s first solar-powered road.
In Normandy, France, the world’s first solar powered road was installed earlier this week. The .6 mile-long route, called the “Wattway,” is covered with around 30,000 square feet of solar panels and is just the first in a series of solar projects by the clean energy company Colas.
3. BBC: A mosque in London donated 10 tons of food to London’s homeless.
The East London Mosque sponsored a food drive to feed London’s homeless during the holiday season, and nearly 7,500 of Muslims came to help.
4. Dallas News: This year’s Children’s Health radiothon broke fundraising records.
Children’s Health’s annual radiothon fundraiser brought in $1.26 million dollars this year, a 26 percent increase from last year. The president of partner Children's Medical Center Foundation, Brent E. Christopher, said that they are "simply astounded by the generosity of both community friends and corporate sponsors who truly help us make life better for children.”
5. Inside Edition: A cop pulls a college student over for speeding, but teaches him how to tie his tie instead.
The student told the officer he was late for a presentation because his friend who normally ties his tie wasn’t home. Instead of giving him a ticket, the cop fixed the real issue at hand, and helped the student with the knot.