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Life Lessons: Estella's Brilliant Bus

Life Lessons: Estella's Brilliant Bus

Today high speed internet, laptops, and tablets are staples in many homes. Children who don't have access to those tools are at a disadvantage. That's why one woman is spending her retirement in a bus and plans to expand her mission across the country.

All aboard Estella's Brilliant Bus! Estella Pyfrom welcomed students to the customized bus she bought and equipped with her retirement savings.

She worked in the public school system for 50 years.

"All of the kids are exposed to some technology in schools but once the kids leave and go home many of them don't have it," explains Pyfrom. "During this time when we're right in the midst of booming technology, some of the kids will be left behind."

"I don't have a computer at home," says student Christine Jean.

On the brilliant bus there are 17 PCs, and laptops loaded with education software.

"What I love best about the Brilliant Bus project is the ability to interact with the kids knowing that I'm making a difference, and the glow and expression on some of the kids' faces that says 'I did it,'" Pyfrom explains.

"She's amazing because she had this big dream to build a bus," says third-grader Verlande Mesidor. "I want to be just like her."

"This is helpful to me because I can move to the next grade and be smart," says third-grader Monica Stonson.

Estella plans to have two more brilliant buses, expand beyond Florida, and reach 1 million children by the end of this year.

That's a tall order, but a great goal to reach. Companies like Microsoft and Office Depot have already come on board, donating supplies and software.


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