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  • Top of the Morning: Filipino School Head Hailed as Asia's Finest Teacher

    Find out what he has done to better the lives of his students and his community
    by SmartParenting Staff .
  • 1. Filipino school head hailed as “Asia’s finest teacher”

    Forty-six year old William Moraca received the prestigious Princess Maha Chakri Award in Bangkok, Thailand. The award was established by the Teacher's Council of Thailand to honor the Princess' endeavors in the field of education. It was awarded to Moraca for his contribution in the field of education and in the development of the quality of life of disadvantaged children. William, who is the school head of Datal Salvan Elementary School in the far-flung communities in General Santos City, modified solar panels in order to supply electricity in the classrooms, so his student could learn how to use the computer. He also found way to pump water from the falls to address the hygiene problem not just in the school but also in the barangay, among his other projects. William plans to use the cash prize he received with the award to create a typ0e of coal from solid waste. (www.abs-cbnnews.com)

    2. Disney and med-tech company to produce Star Wars- and Frozen-themed prosthetics
    Disney and U.K. based medical technology company Open Bionics will produce movie-themed prosthetics for young amputees. The three planned designs are a glittery snowflake hand inspired Frozen’s Queen Elsa, a lightsaber hand inspired by Star Wars, and a hand based on Iron Man’s gold and red armor. All designs include LED lights to help medical professionals monitor muscle strength, which makes them even more awesome for kids. These prosthetics also aim to remove the stigma of children who are missing a hand. The prosthetics will be released in 2016. (popsugar.com)


    3. Jack Black holds private screening of new movie Goosebumps in son’s school
    The comedian actor just set an example for being the #BestDadEver. Jack, who is a dad to Samuel, 9, and Thomas, 7, showed his new film Goosebumps at a fan screening. ““I asked Sony Pictures if I could have a screening of it at my boys’ school so that me and the boys could go present to their friends. They could be the big shots bringing a big Hollywood movie to school,” he says. Naturally, his sons were ecstatic. Jack admits that the film caters to kids who love monsters and does not recommend it for kids six years old and younger. Goosebumps hits Philippine theaters in October 21. Watch the trailer below. (people.com)

    4. Grey’s Anatomy star welcomes second child
    Actor Jesse Williams, who plays Dr. Jackson Avery in the long-running show Grey’s Anatomy, and his wife Aryn Drake-Lee have welcomed their second child. According to US Weekly, baby boy Maceo arrived two months ago even though the couple announced the pregnancy just last June. The two married in 2012, and are already parents to their 21-month-old daughter Sadie. Congratulations! (usmagazine.com)

    5. Can a baby’s birth month predict how healthy he is?
    A new study found that babies born in warmer months were slightly heavier at birth, taller as adults, and went through puberty slightly later than those born in the colder months. Researcher from the Cambridge University suggests that summer-born babies grow up to be healthier than other adults. It is suspected that the reason behind the result of the study is linked to the amount of vitamin D, or the amount of sunlight a pregnant mother gets during the hotter months. The study involved almost half a million participants. (yahoo.com)

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