A year ago, Parady Financial Group CEO Greg Parady made national headlines by giving $21,000 to pay off layaway accounts at Wal-Mart.
This year, he was even more generous. Much more.
In November, Parady donated 75 new, 15-inch HP laptop computers to students at The Villages Elementary School of Lady Lake.
Parady made the generous gift after learning the school was at risk of losing federal funding and might have to return 20 computers it received by qualifying for Title 1 funds.
That loss would have been devastating to a school already dealing with a shortage of computers, especially when fourth and fifth graders take the essay portion of the Florida Standardized Assessment Test.
Title 1 schools are those with high levels of poverty and students at risk of falling behind.
And this month, Parady gave an additional 120 laptops to area schools.
The 195 donated computers are valued at $44,655.
“I have a special place in my heart for kids,” Parady explained.