Mother raises money for laptops for students without access

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.

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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?

[CHEERING]

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.