Warning: Boy sells his prized possessions to save his puppy, an inflatable duck slip n’ slide & a cute engagement ahead!

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Virginia boy receives surprise from Pokémon after selling his collection to save his puppy

We all have those toys growing up that meant everything to us. For me, it was my Polly Pocket collection, and for young Bryson Killean, it’s his beloved Pokémon card collection.

Back in May, the 8-year-old from Lebanon, Virginia gained viral attention for selling his Pokémon card collection to save his puppy, Bruce, who had been diagnosed with Parvo, a highly contagious dog virus.

This heartwarming story reached Pokémon themselves, and the company reached out to the Southwest Virginia family.

It was like Christmas morning for Bryson — Pokémon sent him a package full of rare Pokémon cards that are hard to find in stores with a message saying, “Hey Bryson, we were so inspired by your story about selling your cards for your dog’s recovery, these are some cards to help you replace the ones you had to sell.”

Thankfully, after a successful GoFundMe campaign that his mom set up that raised over $5,000 for the puppy, the dynamic duo was reunited.

“I’m happy he’s home, and I’m proud of myself. Now my brother and sister are playing with him too, and now I’m really playing with him pretty often,” Bryson said.

He now has his furry best friend back and a brand-spankin’ new set of Pokémon cards!

(Friendship Health and Rehab Center)

Nursing home residents enjoy giant inflatable duck ride down a slip ‘n slide

One Roanoke retirement community let out their inner child, and the sight’s enough to quack a smile!

Residents at Friendship Health and Rehab Center rang in summer with a makeshift slip ‘n slide while strapped to an inflatable duck. Yes, you read that right — inflatable duck. 😳

As you can see from the bright smiles pictured above, the fun event definitely brought some much-needed joy to the residents.

‘She’s an actual hero’: Patrick Henry High School Teacher receives Education Hero Award

Where would be without the teachers that shaped us growing up?

Allison Gray, a PE teacher at Patrick Henry High School, gained notoriety around the holidays when she was making winter care packages for homeless students.

Now, her generosity and caring spirit earned her the title of “Education Hero,” and it’s a new role her students, especially those who nominated her for the award, can attest to.

“She’s an actual hero. She always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude. She never judges any of us,” read one of the messages her students wrote about her.

Rather than being her students, Gray lovingly calls them her kids. And she says her kids mean everything to her.

“High School is hard enough as it is I never want them to feel that they don’t have something that they need, that is a necessity,” Gray said.

Out of 250 nominations, Gray was one of 10 teachers in all of Virginia who was selected.

(Roanoke City Public Schools)

Two Roanoke teachers are tying the knot

These two Roanoke teachers are taking it from the classroom to the wedding chapel.

Megan Vest, a teacher a Woodrow Wilson Middle School, and Zachary Quest, a teacher at William Fleming High School, have Roanoke City Public Schools to thank for their love story.

The newly engaged couple met while teaching and their shared passion for education got them to where they are now: fiancés!

“If it weren’t for RCPS, we wouldn’t have even met. And now we love both getting to serve our community. Our hearts are here!” said Vest.

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Nicole Del Rosario joined WSLS 10 in August 2020.