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A Shining Star
Estella in Spanish means star. Former Palm
beach county, Fla., educator estella Pyfrom shines
brightly indeed. When Pyfrom, 78, retired after
50 years serving in roles such as teacher, guidance
counselor, and summer school principal, she wasn't
ready for a rocking chair. Instead, she bought a bus
she dubbed "estella's brilliant bus," remodeled it,
and loaded it with computers. Then she sat in its
driver's seat and started steering it to local neighborhoods where children didn't have computers
for math, reading, or social studies at home or
transportation to get to them.
"Kids call me 'the gadget lady,'" says Pyfrom.
She now has two buses, which she takes on
educational field trips to the midwest. "estella's
brilliant bus is a big gadget with a mission on a
movement," she adds.
Pyfrom's not alone in her odyssey. microsoft,
Wells Fargo, comcast, office Depot, and dozens of
Florida organizations are supporting her efforts.
cNN named her a Top 10 Hero in 2013, calling
her a "community crusader."
Her goal? "To be able to connect with bus
companies that in some way can assist me with
this mission." There's more: "my destination,"
she says, "is to have a bus not just in every city in
the U.S. but also across the world." Toward that
end, Pyfrom says she's "currently looking forward
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to obtaining a contract from a big organization in
Africa to start a brilliant bus movement."
Pyfrom knows all about beating the odds. Her
parents were migrant farm workers. She began
picking beans alongside them when she was
six years old as her family moved from farm to
farm, from Florida to New York. Later, her father
became a contractor, operating trucks and buses,
and that's how Pyfrom as a youngster learned to
handle a big vehicle.
"I paid for that bus with all my pennies," she
says, noting, "To get the first bus on the road and
to continue to move forward, I've spent more
than a million dollars." cost has never deterred
her. "I knew it was going to work," she explains. "otherwise, I wouldn't have taken the
risk. You have to start out knowing that God
is on your side and realize that you're going to
have some temporary setbacks because with
God on your side and your own determination, failure is not an option. You are going to
make it." -George Spencer
to Get on tHe BUs
You (or your company) can shine with Estella Pyfrom. To get involved or
make a donation, visit www.estellasbrilliantbus.org, call (561) 985-1889,
or email estella@brilliantbus.org.

PhoTos courTEsY of EsTElla PYfrom.

How retired teacher Estella Pyfrom became a
"digital freedom rider" by bringing computers to children


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