Pays kids to read

God Bless America

The power of prayer

A pair of Florida teens recently skipped class to go swimming off the coast of Vilano Beach, FL and were carried away by a strong ocean current. Tyler Smith and Heather Brown wound up two miles offshore treading water for some two hours. The 17-year-olds said they were so scared at the prospect of drowning that they prayed as hard as they could. And, their prayers were answered. Amen was the name of the boat that spotted and rescued them. In an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America soon after, Smith said all he could do was to pray “God, please don’t let this be the end. I still want to see my family … send someone to save us.” Crew members aboard the Amen they heard teens’ cries for help and answered his prayer.

Reading is Fundamental

An education-minded barber in Kutztown, PA, Jonathan Escuet, is putting his money were his heart is. He pays kids $3 to read a book out loud while getting their haircuts. His aim is to give them confidence in themselves and it appears to be working.

They choose to snooze

The bedding company, Mattress Firm, is offering students not-so-strenuous internships this summer. They’re looking for a few good “snoozeterns” who won’t be considered slackers if they sleep on the job.