Harlem Mom Donates Over 100 Laptops To Students In Need: ‘If I Don’t Do It, Who Will?’ – Video

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During cov-19, an activist and a mother of three kids came up with a wonderful thought of providing kids laptops. Tanesha Grant puts up in Harlem, New York and she has been raising funds to get new laptops for children who are facing tough times to get laptops to learn from remote.

Tanesha’s group which is called as “Parents Supporting Parents NYC (PSPNYC)” has given laptops to more than 100 students since the beginning of the school term. Tanesha told CBS news “I do this work because I love my people. I love our babies. And I was one of them little Bl-ack babies that was told that I totally deserved hand-me-downs,” She says “That’s why I do it because if I don’t do it, who will?”

As per the reports of Census Bureau, more than 4.4 million students don’t have access to computers and laptops.

Cataleya an eight year old student got the laptop from Grant and she expressed her happiness, she said “When I didn’t have the laptop, I felt like I was the only one that didn’t have one. I felt sad. But with this new laptop, I feel so happy and I feel special,”

As per PSPNYC “Central Harem has the most students in temporary housing, shelters, English language learners, and a high rate of students with IEP’s. Central Harlem is also the most overlooked community in the city. Yet, so much culture and history come out of Harlem. It’s time to give back to this community.”

The PSPNYC organization has already raised $65,000 through their GoFundMe page. The organization aims to provide at least 1,000 students with laptops. 

PSPNYC is trying to raise funds and also been reaching out to internet service providers to partner with them and provide students with free WiFi services. PSPNYS stated “Since COVID-19, our children have been disproportionately tr-aumatized by this virus, from losing loved ones, food insecurity and not having the tools to further their education.” “We are hopeful that in raising the funds for the devices, internet providers will partner with us to help give back to the community with free and dependable WiFi services.” they further added 

Not only the PSPNYC organization wants provide students with laptops, it also plans to get coats for students in shelters and temporary housing. 

Wayne Lewis, a dean and professor of education at Belmont University and former Kentucky Education Commissioner says, it’s important that students have access to technology at their homes. He says we are in 21st century and “Broadband access and access to digital tools and digital resources is not a luxury,”. He further said there is no debate on this, he said “It’s an absolute necessity. And when we think about kids not having access to those things, we should think about it very similar to the way we would think if kids didn’t have access to electricity.”

In the social media platform, Tanesha posted about the students who have received the laptops. The post reads “Meet Yacine a 3rd grader attending Success Academy in the BX. His Mom is originally from Africa. We were delighted to provide this bright boy with his own Excell and enjoy Yacine we love you! Donate today to buy a Black or Brown child their own laptop”

Another student, Yasmin Abu, got her first laptop on her 17th birthday. PIX11 reported “You can do anything you want to and you are worthy of every opportunity in this world to become a productive adult.”

Lewis says that schools and federal government should take the responsibility of providing students and helping them to access technology. He said “It’s going to take partnership on the part of federal and state governments to make sure that families have that type of access,”. Lewis has concerns for the kids that limited funds as they are in da-nger to fall back in their academics. Lewis said “Parents and families who have resources, who have time, are ensuring that their kids are not only not falling behind, but they’re using those resources to make sure that their kids move ahead while at the same time families and kids who have traditionally been underserved and don’t have resources are falling further behind,”.