Kevin & Bean’s GREAT NEWS: Meet The Kid Whose ‘Wow’ Reaction To Mozart Went Viral

Every Monday morning we bring you feel good stories to balance out all the bad news

May 13, 2019

Today on Kevin & Bean we have GREAT NEWS stories for you. We find news stories that make you feel good and restore your faith in humanity to balance out all the bad news you hear on the news.

This morning Kevin introduced us to a program in Ireland that helps their homeless population transition to housing with the help of a job as a walking tour guide of Dublin. The organization My Streets Ireland is one of many social enterprises tackling social and environmental problems while also making a profit to reinvest in their missions and aims to give homeless people new skills and an income. This is a great way to give someone and a sense of self and a sense of pride back. This was Kevin’s GREAT NEWS!!! Click here to read the whole story.

Allie Mac Kay brought our attention to a viral video of a kid saying “wow” at the end of Mozart’s Masonic Funeral Music at a concert of the Handel and Haydn Society at Symphony Hall in Boston. The audience laughed and broke into applause for both the performance and the child’s enthusiasm. David Snead, president, and CEO of the Handel and Haydn Society wrote in an email, “It was one of the most wonderful moments I’ve experienced in the concert hall.” He didn’t know who the child was and appealed to the public. If the parents would come forward, the organization wanted to give the boy an opportunity to meet conductor Harry Christophers and get a copy of the recording. Well, they found him. He’s 9-years-old and his name is Ronan Mattin. Ronan was at the concert with his grandfather, Stephen Mattin. His grandfather confirmed that his grandson is on the autistic spectrum and that he’s primarily non-verbal. “I can count on one hand the number of times that he’s spontaneously ever come out with some expression of how he’s feeling.” This was Allie’s GREAT NEWS!!! Click here to read the whole story.

Today Bean told us about Warwick Public Schools in Rode Island. Last week they announced that any students who had unpaid balances on their lunch accounts would receive a sunflower seed butter and jelly sandwich until their balance was paid. That’s when Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya stepped in. "As a parent, this news breaks my heart, for every child, access to naturally nutritious and delicious food should be a right, not a privilege. When our children are strong, our families are stronger. And when our families are strong, our communities are stronger. Business can and must do its part to solve the hunger crisis in America and do its part in the communities they call home." The yogurt company Chobani is paying off $47,650 of the $77,000 school lunch debt. A city spokesperson said the donation from Chobani will be used to pay the debts of low-income students. In addition to paying off the debt, Chobani is also donating cups and yogurt to the community in Warwick. This was Bean’s Great News. Click here to read the whole story.

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