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While many will remember the Summer of 2020 for the coronavirus pandemic, 15-year-old Christopher Kilpatrick will remember it as the summer he made an impact on his community.

He understands that in today’s learning environment, a computer is essential, but he also knows there is a digital divide between the have and the have not.

“I almost had an epiphany when I realized not everyone can afford a computer,” he said.

Kilpartick interned with Johnnie Mcburnie’s team at Urban Mining and saw an opportunity.

“We get retired machines from businesses,” said Mcburnie.

The opportunity was to take some of those retired machines and instead of them becoming salvage goods, he wanted to refurbished them and then donate them to close the digital divide; it became his summer project.

“We kept him busy,” said Mcburnie. “He was doing four to five machines a day.”