HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Fifteen High Point Central High School students gather in the media center. No one has told them the reason why they are here. But soon the reason is revealed when each student unwraps their gift.
"I was excited," freshman Zarrria Quick said. "I didn't plan on getting a MacPro. I was excited."
High Point Central administrators say the students were selected because they are hard workers and in good academic standing. Plus the administrators feel the group will be able to achieve their full potential if they had technology at home. To provide the technical help, the High Point Community Foundation and the nonprofit Technology for the Future handed out 15 gift wrapped laptops.
"If we don't stand up for them so they can have that access, we don't allow them to reach their best potential in the first place," said Technology for the Future founder Adrian Martinca.
And while the students were smiling and cheering, Martinca knew the laptops will help the group excel academically.
"Seeing that sign of relief when students had trouble having access," Martinca said. "They wanted to learn but felt limited or unable to."
High Point Central senior Samuel Powell has big plans for his laptop.
"When I graduate, I plan on going to college and this will be a big help because I won't have to buy one," Powell said. "I will have one right there for me."
Technology for the Future also handed out 15 MacPros at High Point Andrews High School. The High Point Community Foundation along with Technology for the Future will hand out additional laptops this week.
For more information about Technology for the Future, check out their website.