Friday, October 18, 2013

Estella Pyfrom : Estella's Brilliant Bus

Yeah! It is true that the US citizen Estella Pyfrom used her life savings to create "Estella's Brilliant Bus," that provides tutoring for thousands of low income students.

Estella Pyfrom of West Palm Beach is taking on the digital divide. At 76 years young, she is determined to bridge the technology gap between the haves and the have-nots. "It's not just a bus. it's a movement," Pyfrom said. "And we are going to keep making a difference."

Estella's Brilliant Bus is high-tech classroom on wheels that's ready to go to wherever needed - a football field, a park, city hall, - you name it - in order to bring much-needed resources to the underprivileged and undeserved communities.

The brainchild of this former educator whose career spanned 50 years, her "brilliant" bus is a rolling learning center equipped with sleek computers and monitors, high-speed Internet, swivel chairs that are adjustable for small children or larger adults, a huge monitor in the front of the bus, a microphone, and a laptop in back of the bus - just in case. Estella, as she's affectionately known by many, decided that a lack of transportation wasn't going to stop underprivileged children and families from getting the resources they need in order to get ahead in life.

But it's not just computers that she brings to the people, but an array of services that she offers : tutoring for GED preparation, college prep, FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) prep, anti-bullying, character building, entrepreneurship training for youth and adults, feeding the hungry and much more. "Anything you can do in a building, we are capable of doing."

We listen, we learn, and we implement, "she says. Her slogan for Estella's Brilliant Bus organization, is "HAVE KNOWLEDGE, WILL TRAVEL."


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