Dozens of children have brand new computers, thanks to a group called PC Power and police officers who are carrying on one manâ€™s dream. Four years ago, retired Tulsa Police Officer Glenn DeWeese began whatâ€™s now known as the North Pole Computer Project. He passed away last weekend. But, The News On 6â€™s crime reporter Lori Fullbright reports DeWeeseâ€™s good work hasnâ€™t been stilled.
Eighty-five good as new computers are wrapped and sacked and ready to be delivered to young boys and girls, identified throughout the year by area police officers as kids in need, who would benefit from having a computer at home. The man who dreamed up this idea was Glenn DeWeese. He devoted years of his life to it, but didn't live to see this year's give-away. He would be pleased to know it went forward just the same.
"We're glad we're able to do it, glad to carry on Glenn's desires, hopes and dreams, but it's bitter, too, because he's not here to enjoy it," said PC Power board member Harry Stege.
A couple of Glenn's grandchildren are seeing their grandfather's work, first hand, as they help Officer David Turner deliver one of the computers to a 14-year-old boy, whose father died last year and who is now in the custody of his sister. Josh is overwhelmed by the surprise, but says he'll use the computer to help improve his math skills.
Each computer comes complete with speakers, a keyboard, mouse and educational software. It was Josh's school counselor who suggested him for the program.
"I was real excited, very proud. He's been wanting one and wanting to learn more about computers and stuff,â€ said Joshâ€™s sister, Meghan Schumacher.
And, that's what the dream is all about. Making sure children who canâ€™t afford a computer at home have one so they wonâ€™t fall behind in school.
"It's a chance to give back and to see an expression like that. You can't put a price on it,â€ Tulsa Police Officer David Harper.
PC Power gave away 1,000 like-new computers this year, including one to every family who moved into a Habitat for Humanity home.
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