Monthly Archives: February 2014

After failing guide-dog exam, black lab Inspires

– The path we’re destined to follow isn’t always laid out easily.

Even as a puppy, a black lab named Pesto was destined to do great things.

Pesto became a regular at the Aurora Public library when his owner, a librarian, brought him along each day to socialize.
Kimistry Howard also frequented the library because she was homeschooling her two boys, Javary and Javae’.


“This beautiful puppy came into this room. I said I never believed in love at first sight, well, I had love at first sight,” said Kimistry Howard, “It’s a love story from beginning to end and it’s not over.”

The two boys fell in love with the little black lab as if he were their own. But, Pesto was destined to become a guide dog for the blind.
For a short time that didn’t matter, because Pesto brought to those boys pure joy.

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‘Lunch angel’ pays kids’ overdue accounts at elementary school

‘Lunch angel’ pays kids’ overdue accounts at elementary school.

Danika Fears, TODAY contributor.

As a tutor and mentor at Valley Oaks Elementary School in Houston for over 10 years, Kenny Thompson has taken pride in helping out kids. So on Monday, when he found out that over 60 students at his school were eating cold sandwiches for lunch because of overdue funds on their accounts, he decided to pay off the negative balance. All $465 of it.

“It was the best money I ever spent,” Thompson, 52, told “It was the best gift I ever gave myself. I went into my car and screamed.”

He didn’t realize how widespread the lunch account problem was until he learned that a Utah school had thrown away the lunches of students with negative balances at the end of January. That’s when he decided to look into the issue in his own community.

He found out that some students whose parents hadn’t paid were eating cold cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch, instead of hot, hearty fare. And others avoided the lunch line altogether, preferring not to eat rather than face the embarrassment of not being able to afford the same lunch in front of their peers. Many of these students were already on reduced lunch, which costs just 40 cents a day.

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