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A Plus: Olivia Breinich's Royal Acts of Kindness

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Speaking of story settings, this week’s NewsDepth A+ goes to a middle schooler who is bringing Disney fantasies to life.

Olivia Breinich, a student at Sidney Middle School, is spreading a little joy during the pandemic. A few times a week, she dresses up as Disney princesses and reads books to children on Facebook Live. She even did a drive-up visit one weekend, where she stood by a busy street in full costume and makeup and waved at cars passing by. 

Olivia said this all started a few months back when she planned to hold a princess party, but that had to be canceled due to COVID-19. Since she had the costumes and makeup already, she decided to take her party idea online. She said she wants her videos to bring smiles to kids and a minute of relaxation to their parents.

“My favorite part of all of this is knowing that just this little gesture is making people smile, giving them something positive to talk about and maybe look forward to,” Olivia said. “Being in the middle of a pandemic causes a lot of uncertainty, fear, frustration, and more. We can all do our part to make the world a little brighter and kinder.”

She said she hopes to start a princess party business once this is all over and people can gather in person again. 

“I hope that this venture will help me pay for college and support me financially while I explore career paths. I’m super interested in literature, forensics and anthropology,” she said. “Whatever I do, I want to make sure I’m still contributing to the world around me in a positive way.”

Way to go, Olivia! We’re proud to award you this week’s NewsDepth A+ for spreading a little kindness - and Disney magic - when the world needs it the most.

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