My wife and son just returned from a service trip to rural Senegal in West Africa with buildOn, a non-profit that builds schools in the world’s poorest villages. It was an amazing experience. Gina Pell shares the story and a lot of photos in The What V Cast – Africa Service Trip. (Thanks to all those who supported the cause last week. There’s still a chance to donate if you’re so inclined.)

+ NatGeo: How a one-handed champion is reinventing rock climbing.

+ Father-daughter duo completes rowing trip across Atlantic Ocean.

+ Teens hailed as heroes for rescuing young boy dangling from Grouse Mountain chairlift.

+ An Alabama newspaper editor who urged Klan to ‘ride again’ has been replaced by an African-American woman.

+ On these remote Pacific islands, children now get life-saving vaccines from drones.

+ WaPo: Why West Virginians in coal country are turning to beekeeping.

+ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar auctions off NBA championship rings and other memorabilia for STEM education. (This is a nice story, but they must have him confused with someone else. His name is Roger Murdock. He’s the co-pilot.)