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Paying it Forward: two Gadsden County businessmen give tablets to local students

Last Friday, a local nonprofit awarded 50 tablet computers to Gadsden County students as part of an initiative designed to encourage reading and technology among local children.

The RED Nonprofit Corporation, founded by two Gadsden County-born-and-bred businessmen, was created to “assist students in their quest for knowledge and to avoid what some call the ‘summer slide’,” the lack of academically-based activities during summer break.

The tablets were issued to students at the Gadsden County Library in Quincy Friday.

More than 150 students applied to receive the Amazon Fire tablets. Students were asked to send an email stating their name, grade level, the school they would be attending for the 2018-19 school term and to list a book they would like to read or a topic they would utilize the tablet to explore.

A wide array of students applied, ranging from second graders to students entering college, and winners were randomly selected.

Red Nonprofit Corporation was founded by Charles Gee and Charles McMillon Jr. The two say they want to empower Gadsden County youth through technology, exposure and entrepreneurship.

Gee and McMillion say doing so will make the next generation of Gadsden County residents more likely to form businesses and provide employment opportunities locally, as opposed to outside the county.

For more information, contact Charles Gee at 407-749-9590 or email

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Charles Gee (L) and Charles McMillon Jr., founders of RED nonprofit corporation. PHOTOS BY BRIAN DEKLE