Monday, September 21 2020
A Baltimore teacher’s students are getting Chromebooks thanks to a man on a mission.
This is the third week of school and there are still children waiting for Chromebooks.
The start of the school year comes with challenges for first-year teacher Trivia Payne.
“I realized that they didn’t have computers, they were on phones. Or if they had a computer, the sound was all jumbled up,” Payne said.
Payne teaches second grade at Sinclair Lane Elementary, and half of her students didn’t have laptops as schools started the semester virtually.
“I remember, on my lunch break, I started texting people, ‘If you have any laptops, please let me know,'” Payne said.
That’s how she got connected with Gerald Moore.
“I immediately decided that I’m going to get your kids Chromebooks because this is unnecessary. They should have the opportunity to be successful,” Moore said.
And he delivered. A week later, the stranger from Virginia showed up with 10 Chromebooks for Payne’s students.
“Right now, things have been rough, and my son has currently been using his iPhone to participate in class,” said Quayaisha Coles, a parent.
Moore has plans to donate again. He has reached out to sponsors and started an online fundraiser.
“My goal right now is to service 100 kids here in the Baltimore area,” Moore said.
He is a man on a mission. Moore left his career as a cybersecurity engineer to devote himself to his nonprofit, Mission Fulfilled 2030.
“The mission is to inspire, educate and activate young Black males in technology. Today, Black males make up less than 5% of the high-tech and STEM workforce,” he said.
Mission Fulfilled 2030 works to get boys as young as kindergarten interested in STEM, so responding to the need for Chromebooks was the right fit.
“That is what we should do. If you’re not serving and being a part of the solution, then what are we doing?” Moore said.
If you would like to help donate to the Chromebooks initiative, you can visit Gerald Moore’s website, Mission Fulfilled 2030.