August Week 2: Free internet for low income families in Philly, teen cleans signs to help him focus

Free Internet Coming For 35,000 Low-Income Philly Families in Public-Private Partnership As Classrooms Stay Closed via GoodNewsNetwork

Philadelphia's PHLConnectED plans to connect eligible student households with two years of high-speed internet, and using Comcast's Internet Essentials Program, they will ensure K-12 public school students have the devices they need to learn during the pandemic.

The Philadelphia School District recently distributed over 128,000 devices to students who do not have any at home. Mayor Jim Kenny said this is a "transformational moment" triggered by the pandemic and will go a long way to closing the digital divide between lower income households. Sign cleaning gives Chatteris 'teenager with autism focus' via BBC

Fifteen-year-old Joseph Beer has found focus in the coronavirus pandemic by cycling around his neighbourhood Chatteris in Cambridgeshire and cleaning road signs. Beer, who has both Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), uses a trailer he made with his dad to carry a pair of branch cutters and some cleaning equipment to clean signs and cut back hedges in the area.

Residents have now raised almost £800 for Beer to buy new equipment and a supplier has offered him some new tools.

Beer's mum Lisa told the BBC:""It's something that has been keeping him focused and given him plenty of challenges during lockdown. We are seeing significant changes around the community and we are having people approach us and thank us for his hard work and community spirit."

Small Town Business Owner Survives Pandemic By Live-Streaming Fashion Shows on Facebook via GoodNewsNetwork

Boutique-owner Virginia Sharp turned to social media when her shop had to close due to mandated shelter-in-place orders. Every Friday night she streams live fashion shows with a different theme each week, from 'White Party' to 'Girl's Trip'. She has reached thousands of people and vows to continue the fashion shows when her boutique, Daemarii's Unique Boutique, gets back to full capacity.

Sharp said: "Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you. Do what you love and the money will follow. Never give up!”

More than a million people in the UK have quit smoking since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, new study shows via Business Insider

A recent survey by UK Charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) conducted between 15th April and 20th June, has found that more than one million people in Britain have given up smoking. Of these, 41% said it was a direct response to health concerns during the coronavirus pandemic.

ASH stated that 400,000 of the people in the study who quit smoking were aged between 16 and 25. Hazel Cheesman, the policy director for ASH told Business Insider:"For young people who have been quitting, there's a desire to generally be more healthy, and take control at a time in their lives where that control has been taken away."