GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Two Gadsden County business owners are challenging students to make the most of their summer.
Their reward is more of a resource than a gift.
The school year is just about over. No more time in the classroom, but that doesn't mean education takes a vacation.
"We want them to still have that mindset of learning, so they won't have a break," said Charles McMillon, one of the co-founders of R.E.D. Non-Profit Corporation.
Charles McMillon and Charles Gee created the "R.E.D Non-Profit Corporation" last year. They bought 50 Amazon Fire 7 tablets with their own money.
"We just try to challenge kids to use technology as a tool before a toy," said Gee.
They're not just giving away the tablets. They're asking students about their goals.
"Tell us one thing you want to learn or a book you would like to read in the summer," said Gee.
These tablets aren't cheap. Amazon starts pricing the Fire 7 at $49.99. The corporation says this is an investment into the next generation of leaders.
"They can start with something as small as these tablets, focus on something and they can reach potential goals outside of just the norm in our county," said McMillon.
"Our kids are brilliant, and sometimes, it takes just a little boost or maybe just a small resource to help bring forth that potential -- and what we're trying to do is just provide that support, those resources, that mentorship that can kind of foster their learning capabilities," said Gee.
The 50 students will be selected in a week or so, and there's still time to apply. To sign up:
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The email should include your name, age, grade level, and name of school you will attend for the 2018-19 school year.
- List a book you would like to read and/or something you would like to explore on your Amazon Fire tablet during the summer and why.
- Provide Contact information.