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Good News: Jets Visit Students, Toy Drives Scheduled

Some stories put a smile on your face. Here's our wrap-up from around Brooklyn.

As a local news organization, Patch covers stories of all kinds, from heartbreaking tragedies to nitty-gritty breakdowns of government and school district issues. But some stories are simply inspiring, often showing that at the heart of our communities is a desire to do good. Here are some of the touching headlines from the past seven days.

Prospect Heights School Gets Jets Visit

Students at Prospect Heights' P.S. 9 got a big surprise Tuesday when their school was named an NFL Play60 partner: a visit from two New York Jets players.

Jets players Quinton Coples and Jaiquan Jarrett visited with students at P.S. 9, bringing with them the NFL's Play60 campaign, that encourages children to get active for 60 minutes a day. Coples is a linebacker and Jarrett plays in the Jets' secondary.

Brooklyn Tech Tops NYC Moot Court

Fort Greene's Brooklyn Technical High School took home the NYC Moot Court championship last week, arguing in favor of the petitioner in a mock stop-and-frisk case.

Mandela Remembrance Scheduled For Saturday

This Saturday, in Bed-Stuy and Fort Greene, the South African community in Brooklyn will commemorate the life of the nation's greatest champion, Nelson Mandela. 

Local Toy Drives in Brooklyn

It's the season of giving, and always a good time to remember those less fortunate. 

We've compiled a handful of Brooklyn toy drives here, with locations all over the borough, to make sure you've got every opportunity to help local children have a happy holiday season. 

Two NYC Based Events Helping Typhoon Haiyan Victims this Week

It’s been a little over a month since Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines, killing thousands and leaving a great number destitute and struggling.

About four million people have been displaced and a little over 200 thousand are in evacuation centers according to a report earlier this month by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in the Philippines.

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