Millions of students are without consistent access to a computer, creating a barrier for remote learning during the pandemic. One mother is trying to change that. Vladimir Duthiers reports.
NORAH O'DONNELL: We've learned that an estimated 4.4 million households with students lack consistent access to a computer. Can you imagine that? CBS' Vladimir Duthier on a woman who's trying to even the score.
TANESHA GRANT: Who's ready to get a laptop today?
VLADIMIR DUTHIER: Tanesha Grant is closing Harlem's digital divide for schoolchildren one computer at a time.
TANESHA GRANT: This is for you, mama.
VLADIMIR DUTHIER: Her group, Parents Supporting Parents NYC, has helped raise money to get new laptops into the hands of children lacking the essentials for remote learning.
- Say, thank you so much.
TANESHA GRANT: If you can complain about it, you can get up and do something about it.
VLADIMIR DUTHIER: And that's what this activist and mother of three did.
TANESHA GRANT: And I was one of them little black babies that was told that I only deserved hand-me-downs.
- She's a future leader.
VLADIMIR DUTHIER: Grant has helped give away more than 100 laptops since the school year began.
TANESHA GRANT: It's going down.
VLADIMIR DUTHIER: On this day, she gave 23 laptops to kids like eight-year-old Cataleya.
TANESHA GRANT: I guess you're Zooming me on your brand new laptop, right?
- Yeah, I felt like I was the only one that didn't have one. And I felt sad. But with this new laptop I feel so happy. And I feel special.
VLADIMIR DUTHIER: Special-- all because of a woman bridging the divide between access and knowledge.
TANESHA GRANT: I just want my babies to know they could be whatever they want to be.
VLADIMIR DUTHIER: Vladimir Duthier-- CBS News-- New York--
NORAH O'DONNELL: She's doing incredible work.