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Ten-year-old takes on KFC for destroying US forests

Cole Rasenberger's quest to save forests in the US South started as a school assignment to 'be an activist' about something important to him. However, after learning from Dogwood Alliance that coastal forests in North Carolina are being destroyed to make throw-away paper packaging for big fast food companies—such as McDonalds and KFC—Cole Rasenberger, at the age of 8, became more than an activist; he became an environmental leader!
"I asked my principal and teacher if I could get my whole school to sign my postcards. I told them I am only one voice; if we get my school to sign it would be thousands of voices. I think that would be better than just me,"
- Cole Rasenberger

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Ten-year-old takes on KFC for destroying US forests

Story contains video Source: Mongabay, Tue May 17, 2011
Cole Rasenberger's quest to save forests in the US South started as a school assignment to 'be an activist' about something important to him. However, after learning from Dogwood Alliance that coastal forests in North Carolina are being destroyed to make throw-away paper packaging for big fast food companies—such as McDonalds and KFC—Cole Rasenberger, at the age of 8, became more than an activist; he became an environmental leader!

Bartender helps turn wine to water in developing world

Source: CNN, Sat November 07, 2009
Behind the bar at a local restaurant, Doc Hendley leans in to hear his customer over the band. "You like the pinot? Cool," he says.

The Plow & Hearth(R) Campaign to Reforest America(R) Reaches Goal

Source: Yahoo! Finance, Sat October 24, 2009
The Plow & Hearth(R) Campaign to Reforest America®, a yearlong reforestation effort launched by the company last October has reached its goal of donating one million trees to be planted in locations across the country.

Ultrathin, Ultra-Tiny Solar Cells Fit for Your T-Shirt?

Source: TreeHugger, Wed May 20, 2009
The North Carolina company Semprius is looking to produce what may be some of the tiniest solar cells ever made.

Mystery donors give $45 million to colleges

Source: MSNBC, Fri April 24, 2009
A mystery is unfolding in the world of college fundraising: During the past few weeks, at least eight universities have received gifts totaling nearly $45 million, and the schools had to promise not to try to find out the giver's identity.

Telemedicine to provide health care to rural schools

Source: Asheville Citizen-Times, Tue February 17, 2009
A child with asthma has difficulty breathing while at school, so his teacher sends him down the hallway where he sits in front of a video screen.

CNN story helps surgeon perform ‘lifesaving’ op

Source: Malaysia Insider, Thu February 05, 2009
London, England, UK - A brain surgeon performed what he called a "life-saving" surgery on a teenager by removing a large brain tumour using a method he read about on CNN.com just three days earlier.

Call to service honors King

Source: Charlotte Observer, Wed January 21, 2009
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - Benardo Dargan urged his students at Queens University of Charlotte to consider Monday's national holiday not as a day off, but as “a day on.”

Secret Santas in 3 states spread cheer, $100 bills

Source: Associated Press, Sun December 07, 2008
St. Louis, Missouri, USA - At a suburban Goodwill store on Friday, Theresa Settles selected a large, black comforter to warm her family until she can raise the money to turn the gas heat back on.

Librarian leaves $2.2 million to her colleges

Source: MSNBC, Sun November 30, 2008
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - A retired Virginia school teacher and librarian who died two years ago left more than $2 million to split between the universities she attended, the schools announced Tuesday.

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