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Hard Work Pays Off: Five Students Surprised With Laptops

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When you look at the world, sometimes the need can be so overwhelming.  A local author is trying to close the gap between the haves and have nots one student, one laptop at a time.     

The football coach at Dickinson High School called five seniors to the field house.  The students had no idea why their coach wanted to speak with them.  Author Dayna Steele then handed each a letter.  It reads, "Congratulations!  Your hard work and dedication to succeeding in school and life have been noticed.  You have been chosen to receive a laptop computer."

Steele savors the reaction.  The young men are quiet, humble and most of all appreciative.

"We found five outstanding young men getting ready to go off to college, despite the odds, and they don't have any sort of personal technology," said Steele.

Students like Quendon Keels, who has been accepted to Texas Southern University.

"I feel special now because I really haven't ever gotten anything.  I'm not used to getting things from people so I feel special now," said Keels.

He had a rough start to high school but has succeeded in a program designed to help students with life skills. 

"Seeing my parents didn't go to college, it motivated me to change my family legacy," he said.

Steele was motivated to give away the computers after hearing about President Obama's initiative "My Brother's Keeper."  There's a need to create opportunities for African American boys who are disproportionately at risk. 

"It just encourages people to do exactly what I'm doing.  There is a need for individuals and companies to reach out to these kids," said Steele.

The seniors have all been accepted to college or are in the process of applying. 

"I was going to ask my parents for a laptop, but now I don't have to," said Matthew Bell.

They'll be able to finish online courses and fill out scholarship applications. 

"Get involved.  This is so easy to do.  Either as me as the catalyst or do it yourself," said Steele. 

For more information on how to donate a computer, visit Steele's web site yourdailysuccesstip.com and click on the "Smart Girls Rock" section. 

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