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Henrico teen working to get needed technology into local schools

RICHMOND, Va. – Teenager Jocelyn Marencik has a passion for technology, and she wants everyone to have a chance to experience different forms of technology.

“I have laptops, I have iPads, and I especially love computer science,” said the Deep Run High School student.

“There’s so many different things that you can do online that you can’t do anywhere else,” she said.

When the 15-year-old Henrico teen saw the need for technology in Richmond and other areas, she wanted to do something about it.

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“I feel so sorry for the children,” said Marencik. “I thought that they really needed the technology, they should have some more and use it in their classrooms.”

With a love for helping others, Marencik was inspired to start her own organization "Got Tec Richmond."

Through Got Tec, she is able to receive funding and donate technology equipment to classrooms in the area who are most in need.

“When I bring them I see large smiles on their faces, they’re jumping up and down,” Marencik said about the students.

J.L. Francis Elementary in Richmond is one of the schools that has received a number of donations from Jocelyn.

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“She has gone above and beyond providing technology to our students,” said Principal Daisy Greene.

Greene said they’ve gotten items such as iPads, Kindles, and even keyboards.

The principal said technology helps play a crucial role in the students’ learning.

Greene said she hopes Jocelyn’s efforts spark others to want to help in their community.

“How amazing would it be if every school, every classroom had a Jocelyn,” said Greene.

If you want to help donate to Got Tec Richmond you can visit her Facebook page to reach out.