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Teacher gets hilariously inappropriate sympathy cards from students after father dies

There’s nothing quite like a bunch of second-graders to make you laugh during tough times.

When an elementary school teacher's father passed away, her students wrote condolence letters to help her get through the tough time.

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The teacher's son, Matt Hunziker, and his New York comedy group, Wolf Spirit, just had to share some of the hilarious notes she received. They shared a video to YouTube titled “Real Sympathy Cards from Second Graders.”

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“I’m sorry for your dad who died. At least you have a mom,” wrote one student.

“I feel droopy and I love you,” wrote another student.

WATCH: Boy overjoyed when brother who lives 1,000 miles away pays surprise visit

Two brothers who live 1,000 miles apart are getting a lot of attention after their heartwarming reunion went viral.

Aaron Davis, 9, misses his older brother, Adam, 19, every day. Adam moved from their home in Columbus, Ohio, to Dallas to study psychology at Southern Methodist University.

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The two have kept in close touch despite the distance.

“He sends me different videos of him playing basketball and will ask, ‘Hey, what do I need to work on?’ and I’ll give him advice,” Adam told ABC News.

The brothers were apart for the holidays because flights were too expensive. So for spring break, Adam bought a ticket and surprised Aaron.

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“My mom picked me up from the airport, and we come home, and I stay in the garage,” he said. “My mom goes inside and tells Aaron to go to the garage to get the groceries out of the car, and when he comes out, he sees me, and he loses it.”

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Terminally ill mom dies after best friend agrees to adopt her 4 children

A mother of four whose story went viral in December has died of ALS, according to an online obituary.

Sara Hankins, 36, of Milan, Illinois, died March 13 surrounded by family and friends.

Her story went viral in December after her best friend, Missy Armstrong, 42, agreed to adopt Hankins’ four children: Alexis, 18; Cayden, 11; Micah, 9; and Amara, 8.

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“The thought of where they would go was killing her more than the ALS was,” Armstrong told People. “It consumed her everyday thoughts, because none of her family members were able to take in all four kids together.”

People reports the two met in cosmetology school in 1999 and have been friends ever since.

Armstrong is also a single mother with two children: Kairee, 14, and Alexa, 22.

“I hug Sara’s babies extra tight because she can’t hold them,” she said.

Hankins is survived by her mother, her four children, her siblings and their spouses, her grandparents, her seven nieces and nephews and “countless friends.”

Video catches twin toddlers partying past bedtime

Twin brothers had no interest in staying in bed one night, and their antics were all caught on video monitors.

“Today” reported that the pair was caught on a Nest home monitoring system set up by their parents,  Jonathan and Susana Balkin, who wondered what their 2-year-old toddlers were up to when they were supposed to be in bed.

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"We heard a whole bunch of giggling, so we started spying on them," Jonathan Balkin said on the morning show Monday.

Video shows Andrew and Ryan Balkin hopping in and out of their cribs, jumping and laying on the love seat in their room and piling up pillows and couch cushions.

"We ended up spying on them for a little while on the camera just to make sure they weren't getting into trouble," Jonathan Balkin said. "Then after a while we decided, OK, it's time to intervene and put them to bed. That didn't really work out so well."

The boys’ dad said that the pair have escaped a few times before.

“People we know that we haven’t seen in years have seen it in their respective country,” Susana Balkin said. “It’s been overwhelming, but full of love.”

“They sleep in their beds really well, so we are exploring toddler beds,” Jonathan Balkin said. “We did change it so you can take off one of those walls, and they just ended up going in and out all night. So the cribs are good for now. Maybe by the summer time, we’ll switch it up.”

Watch the family talk about their viral video below.

'Sesame Street' welcomes Julia, new character with autism

A character with autism is joining Elmo, Big Bird and the other familiar faces on "Sesame Street."

The iconic children's show, which airs on PBS and HBO, will introduce a new Muppet, Julia, to TV audiences April 10, according to The Associated Press.

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Sunday's episode of "60 Minutes" offered a closer look at Julia, who has appeared online and in print as part of Sesame Workshop's "Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children" initiative since 2015.

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"It's important for kids without autism to see what autism can look like," Julia's puppeteer, Stacey Gordon, who has a son with autism, told "60 Minutes."

Host Lesley Stahl met Julia and spoke to Elmo and Big Bird about their new friend.

"Hi, Julia," Stahl said to the red-headed Muppet, who remained quiet – the same reaction she'll have when meeting Big Bird in her upcoming debut episode.

"I thought that maybe she didn't like me," Big Bird told Stahl.

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"Yeah, but you know, we had to explain to Big Bird that Julia likes Big Bird – it's just that Julia has autism, so sometimes it takes her a little longer to do things," Elmo said.

Julia also will struggle with loud noises and make up a game with her new friends.

 "They decide to play tag together, but Julia's so excited that she's jumping up and down," writer Christine Ferraro told Stahl. "That's a thing that can be typical of some kids with autism. And then it turns into a game where they're all jumping like her. So it was a very easy way to show that with a very slight accommodation, they can meet her where she is." 

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Bus driver saves crying boy outside with no shoes in freezing weather

It was anywhere from 22 to 31 degrees on a chilly Milwaukee, Wisconsin, night when bus driver Denise Wilson pulled over for a short midnight break in January.

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“It’s after midnight, so I’m just like, am I really seeing what I’m seeing?” she told ABC News. She saw a 5-year-old boy crying outside. The boy was alone, without shoes and was wearing clothes unfit for winter.

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“He came out of nowhere, out of nowhere. I just happened to look over and heard him crying and he was just running up Center [Street],” she said.

The Milwaukee County Transit System shared a surveillance video of Wilson helping the child into the bus, covering him with her coat and giving him some food. She could be heard asking if he was OK and if he was still cold from being outside.>> Watch the video here

Wilson sat with him until the police came.

He was eventually returned to his parents. Authorities determined that he “left the house by mistake.”

There was no question in Wilson’s mind that God allowed her to be in the right place at the right time. 

“I’m happy I made that stop,” she said. “You know, I always say God puts us in places, you know, where he needs us at times.”

And she knew in that moment that it was time to act:"I'm a child of God, and a lot of times we try to do what's right when we see something happening, and if we're there to help and have the ability or means to do it, that's what we're supposed to do," she said.

Wilson added that she wasn’t being a hero, she was “just being there to help.”

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Teen born without a jaw finds his voice, achieves dream of creating music

A teen born without a jaw is beating the odds again, launching a music career and helping other along the way.

When Isaiah Acosta was born, the odds were stacked against him. He’s now 17 years old and thriving in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Though he’s considered mute and will never have the ability to speak, Isaiah is now launching his music career.

“We knew we had a great story but we didn’t know it was going to explode like it did,” Tarah Acosta, Isaiah’s mother, told KNXV.

Last week, Isaiah’s hip-hop song “Oxygen to Fly” debuted. He partnered with Arizona rapper Trap House and a short documentary featuring his story was shared online. In just a few days, his story racked up more than 4 million views.

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“I don’t even think Isaiah thought this was possible. You know he is mute and we and a lot of people have told us they haven’t seen anything like this,” said Tarah.

You can listen to Isaiah’s song by clicking here. All proceeds from the song will go to the Children’s Miracle Network.

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'Hallelujah': School gets musical with snow day announcement

It's a snow day for much of Massachusetts, but one school in particular received the news in a special song from the superintendent.

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Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School Superintendent Aaron Polansky rewrote the words to Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" to let students know that they could sleep in on Tuesday morning. 

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Teen scrapes together $1,500 donation from part-time jobs for nonprofit that hits close to home

A teenager touched by a nonprofit’s cause scraped together $1,500 to donate.

The nonprofit Jack’s Basket was founded by mom Carissa Carroll of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She told ABC News that she was disheartened by people’s responses three years ago when they learned that her new baby Jack was born with Down syndrome.

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“After meeting more and more families … finding out that most of them never received a congratulations after the birth their child, also a biased language — ‘Oh, I’m sorry,’ kind of in a dismal way. It broke my heart. These babies deserve to be celebrated just like any other birth,” Carroll said.

So Carroll decided to provide support to families with new babies who have Down syndrome. She came up with the idea to provide care baskets to these families filled with resources to help with their new addition.

Years later, Jack’s Basket has distributed more than 250 baskets.

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The story touched a teen named Jordan Witt. Jordan’s younger brother, Logan, has Down syndrome.

“Logan is very funny. He’s very kind. He loves to make people's days,” Witt told WCCO. “These people, Logan, people with Down syndrome have a future. They can change the world, too.”

Logan pulled together $1,500 from his part-time jobs to donate in honor of his brother. The donation will cover 21 baskets.

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Anne Hathaway says new fathers should get maternity leave

Actress Anne Hathaway became a mother less than a year ago, but in that time, her perspective on parenting and importance of time spent with family has changed a lot.

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As a U.N. goodwill ambassador, Hathaway gave an impassioned speech at the United Nations' New York headquarters on International Women's Day about the need for a better parental leave policy in the United States.

She shared her personal experience, saying that days after her son was born, she was struck by a realization about the maternity leave policy in the United States that grants 12-weeks of unpaid leave to new mothers.

"Like so many parents, I wondered how I was going to balance my work with my new role as a parent, and in that moment, I remember that the statistic for the U.S.'s policy on maternity leave flashed through my mind," Hathaway said. "American women are currently entitled to 12 weeks' unpaid leave. American men are entitled to nothing. That information landed differently for me when, one week after my son's birth I could barely walk, when I was getting to know a human who was completely dependent on my husband and I for everything, when I was dependent on my husband for most things, when we were relearning everything we thought we knew about our family and relationship. It landed differently."

Her speech didn't just focus on a mother's need for paid time off after the birth of a child. She also talked about the necessity for fathers to be there for their family, especially in the first days and weeks after the child is born.

"The assumption and common practice that women and girls look after the home and the family is a stubborn and very real stereotype that not only discriminates against women but limits men's participation and connection within the family and society," she said. "These limitations have broad-ranging and significant effects, for them and for children. We know this. So why do we continue to undervalue fathers and overburden mothers?"

She concluded her speech by calling for everyone to take a stand for parents.

"The whole world grows when people like you and me take a stand because we know that beyond the idea of how women and men are different, there is a deeper truth that love is love, and parents are parents," she said.

Hathaway, 34, married jewelry designer Adam Shulman in September 2012. The couple welcomed their son, Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman, in March 2016.

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Thank you so much to UN Women for having me speak about paid parental leave on International Women's Day at the United Nations. Watch the full video:Posted by Anne Hathaway on Thursday, March 9, 2017

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