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Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 at 10:44 PM PST

Dancing Middle School Principal Gets Students Day Started On Right Foot. Then Left. Then Right ...

Dancing Middle School Principal Gets Students Day Started On Right Foot. Then Left. Then Right ...

Sue Goldman says the first morning she greeted students by dancing in front of her middle school, both students and staff looked at her like she was crazy. Then they started dancing, too.

Friday, Oct 21, 2016 at 05:15 PM PDT

Act of Kindness Puts Homeless Student's Life on Track

Act of Kindness Puts Homeless Student's Life on Track

Right before his father's death, Brandon Beebe promised his dad he would get his college degree. Thanks to a caring professor and her friends, Beebe is on his way to keeping his vow.

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 at 10:58 PM PDT

Instead Of Writing Ticket, Code Enforcement Officer Chooses To Lend A Hand To World War II Vet, Whole Community Joins In To Help

Instead Of Writing Ticket, Code Enforcement Officer Chooses To Lend A Hand To World War II Vet, Whole Community Joins In To Help

Dozens of volunteers descended on 89-year-old Albert Pericou's Petaluma home to make much-needed repairs for the World War II veteran.

Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 at 11:36 PM PDT

Chevron, Richmond Neighborhood Work Together To Solve Mystery, Preserve Father's Memorial To His Son

Chevron, Richmond Neighborhood Work Together To Solve Mystery, Preserve Father's Memorial To His Son

Cesar Zepeda could tell that someone was taking care of the roadside memorial on San Pablo Avenue in Richmond. He just didn't know who.

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016 at 10:57 PM PDT

20 Years After Championship Ends In Tie, High School Quarterback Gets Teams Back Together To Seek Redemption, Settle Score

20 Years After Championship Ends In Tie, High School Quarterback Gets Teams Back Together To Seek Redemption, Settle Score

When league championship game ended in a tie, Wali Razaqi had 5 seconds to make a decision. He's had 20 years to live with it.

Friday, Aug 5, 2016 at 05:04 PM PDT

San Mateo Woman Builds Tiny Home For Homeless Friend

San Mateo Woman Builds Tiny Home For Homeless Friend

Lisa Kolvites wanted to help her homeless friend get a roof over her head. She didn't have the money to buy or rent one for him. So she built one.

Friday, Sep 2, 2016 at 05:47 PM PDT

San Francisco Attorney Spends Years Searching For Sea Captain Who Saved Her Family

San Francisco Attorney Spends Years Searching For Sea Captain Who Saved Her Family

Lauren Vuong wondered how she could go on enjoying her wonderful life without acknowledging where it all began.

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 07:32 AM PST

Surprise! 80 South Bay Third-Graders Gifted with New Bikes

Surprise! 80 South Bay Third-Graders Gifted with New Bikes

Bill Pollakov says times were so tough growing up he didn't get his first bicycle until he was 16-years-old. He says it changed his life. Bill rode it to play tennis, which landed him a scholarship, which...

Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 at 05:24 PM PST

Nonprofit Using Surplus Hair To Help Clean Up Oil Spills

Nonprofit Using Surplus Hair To Help Clean Up Oil Spills

Matter Of Trust specializes in connecting people who have too much of a resource with people who could put it to good use. Turing hair into mats to clean up oil spills has been a perfect fit for them.

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 at 01:09 PM PST

Out Of North Bay Parents' Grief, Help For Thousands Of "Socially Isolated" Teens

Out Of North Bay Parents' Grief, Help For Thousands Of "Socially Isolated" Teens

Half a million middle school students from more than 1,000 schools participated last year in "No One Eats Alone Day," just one program begun by Beyond Differences.

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Each week NBC Bay Area's Garvin Thomas profiles the people, the groups, and the companies making the Bay Area, and the world, a better place to live. Bay Area Proud stories are success stories; inspiring profiles of those making a positive change in our communities. Do you know someone who we should profile? Contact garvin.thomas@nbcuni.com