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Local businesses come together to provide students with laptops

Forty students from the Fredericksburg area got a great back-to-school gift on Sunday from a new non-profit in the region: laptops.

Tony Seals, a retired Marine captain and owner of defense contracting company Cortek Inc., helped launch the non-profit known as Educational Technology Empowering Kids—or ETEK for short.

Tony Seals, center, gives a laptop to a Fredericksburg-area student. At right is Kelly Padgett, executive director of Rappahannock Area Council for Children and Parents, the group that chose the students who received the 40 laptops.

ETEK, with the support of about a dozen companies in the region, held a celebration Sunday at Loriella Park in Spotsylvania to distribute the laptops and software to students whose families had been in disbelief when they got the phone call about the event.

Check out the full story, coming soon in The Free Lance-Star.


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