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CNN names retired Palm Beach County teacher a ‘hero’, gives her $50k and shot at $250K

Retired Palm Beach County school teacher Estella Pyfrom reached deep into her own pockets to bring a literal busload of technology to children who didn’t have it at home.

Now CNN is giving her $50,000 in recognition of her work and a chance to collect $250,000 more to expand on it. Pyfrom was named one of 10 CNN Heroes, billed as “Everyday People Changing the World.”

The competition is considerable. But, maybe in Pyfrom’s favor, it will be the click of the mouse that determines the winner.

Pyfrom, after all, is connecting children from elementary to high school to that modern lifeline with the 17 computer stations nestled on a bus that stops at schools or community centers from Pahokee to West Palm Beach.

There they work on computers to hone their reading and vocabulary skills and well as learn their way around a keyboard.

Each candidate has a fan page on the CNN website that has videos about the person, their organization and even links so that you can donate to their cause.

You can vote once a day everyday through Sunday, Nov. 17 from your computer, phone or tablet at The winner will be announced during a broadcast at 8 p.m. Dec. 1, 2013.

Pyfrom’s work was featured in the Palm Beach Post in February.

Her fellow heroes are no slouches. Among them a man who has built an army of volunteers that drags trash of the nation’s waterways – 67,000 tires, 218 washing machines, 19 tractor trailers, 12 hot tubs, four pianos and counting. Another has built a school for girls in Kenya securing land from tribal elders and promises from families that their daughters won’t be subjected to genital mutilation or early marriage.

CNN notes that the nominees also build homes for disabled veterans and “bring health care to some of the darkest parts of the world. They help children who are fighting cancer, poverty and lack of opportunity.”

By Sonja Isger

Source: PalmBeachPost

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