4-year-old from Chicago put his toys aside on Saturday and spent his time reading 100 books.
Caleb Green’s parents livestreamed their son’s reading marathon on Facebook as he read each book aloud. Each time he finished a set of 10 books, he celebrated with a dance.
Caleb’s dad, Sylus Green, told ABC affiliate WLS-TV that when he learned about his son’s goal, his “gut reaction [was] to talk him down a little bit but he was like, ‘No, I want to read 100.’”
The family stocked up on books from their own collection as well as from friends’ bookshelves.
“I like to read and I want to read some more like my sister,” Caleb told the local outlet.
Green told HuffPost it took a total of nine hours for Caleb to finish, including a few breaks in between. Nearly 4,000 viewers tuned in to watch his marathon. “We were proud,” Green said. “We are used to Caleb setting goals, but it’s always the ultimate feeling to see the look in your child’s eye when they achieve what they set out to do.”
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Eating Animals author Jonathan Safran Foer has praised an initiative which will see a staggering 15 Brooklyn schools participate in meatless Mondays next spring.
The initiative was announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams at a press conference.
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The program will provide participating schools with healthy, all-vegetarian breakfast and lunch menus every Monday. The Mayor, First Lady Chirlane McCray and Gracie Mansion will also go meatless for all Monday meals.
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First Lady Chirlane McCray added: "Meatless Mondays will expose our children to an exciting variety of delicious vegetarian meals that provide excellent nutrition and support their growing bodies. 📚 ✏️ 👫
This initiative builds off the plant-based health advocacy of Borough President Adams, who has committed himself to combating poor nutrition following his successful battle against Type 2 diabetes last year. 📚 ✏️ 👫
In 2015, less than 20 percent of NYC children aged six-12 ate five or more fruits and vegetables a day. 📚 ✏️ 👫
Community Affairs Commissioner Marco Carrion said: "New York City is proud to join Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit, San Diego, and others cities in this important initiative. We understand that the health of our city and our planet depends on all of us, and programs like this are a great start.
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"We are eager to work with New York’s diverse communities to implement Meatless Mondays."
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Ryan, the 6-year-old "host" of Ryan ToysReview, a popular toy-review channel on YouTube, is also reportedly a multi-millionaire.
A family-run YouTube channel, Ryan ToysReview generated around $11 million in pretax income in 2017, according to Forbes' annual list of the highest-earning YouTube celebrities.
The raw estimate of $11 million tied Ryan ToysReview with the YouTube comedy stalwart Smosh for eighth place on the Forbes list.
Last year, The Verge profiled the channel and Ryan's parents, who have shot and produced the account's frequently (nearly daily) released videos since Ryan ToysReview started in March 2015.
The account began when Ryan, then simply a 4-year-old fan of toy-review videos, asked his parents why he couldn't also review toys on YouTube.
Ryan ToysReview started out slowly until a July 2015 video went viral. The video featured Ryan opening and reviewing a "GIANT EGG SURPRISE" box containing over 100 toys from Pixar's "Cars" series. It currently has close to 800 million views.
The channel now tends to review new toys or kids' food products, and the videos usually feature earnest and enthusiastic commentary from Ryan with off-camera guidance from his parents.
According to The Verge, the channel's viewership, which boasts a current audience of 10 million subscribers, translates to around $1 million a month in advertising revenue alone.