Good Deed Turns Into $150,000 Donation For Towns’ Children

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ESA, a leading provider of online education for children, announces that they will provide every child of Middlebury, IN with advanced online reading programs. The gift, valued at $150,000, is being made on behalf of Gail Hostetter and Crystal Valley Computers.

A good deed by two residents of Middlebury, IN has resulted in a $150,000 gift to the towns’ children. Essential Skills Advantage (ESA -, America’s leading provider of online education for children, announced that its inaugural ‘Good Deeds’ recipient will be Middlebury, IN. The gift is being made in the names of Gail Hostetter and Crystal Valley Computers.

When Gail Hostetter found a laptop computer on the side of the road she didn’t realize that her actions would lead to a gift for every child in her town. Gail was driving home one day and spotted a laptop computer on the road. Rather than take the computer home, Gail took it to Crystal Valley Computers where they were able to find who owned the computer. Crystal Valley contacted the owner and returned the computer in perfect working condition. Gail refused a reward, saying that it wouldn’t be right to accept a reward for doing the right thing.

“Over the years I’ve seen both my kids have their smartphones and bikes stolen, or lost, and not returned. We’re from a big city and we didn’t expect to see the computer again. Sometimes you start to wonder where the world is headed. It’s so uplifting to see real examples from good people out there. So, I wanted to send a message that good deeds are appreciated and encouraged,” says John Lennie Sr, chairman of Essential Skills Advantage. The owner of the computer is John Lennie Jr. from Toronto, ON, the son of John Lennie Sr.

It turns out that Essential Skills Advantage ( is one of North America’s leading providers of online education for children. To recognize Gail and Samuel, Essential Skills Advantage is giving every child, aged 3-12, in Middlebury, a free one-year subscription to Essential Skills’ Reading and Language programs. Middlebury has around 2,500 kids so the gift is valued at over $150,000.

“If they all use the program then Middlebury will have the best readers in America – a gift that will last a lifetime. We’d love it if Middlebury became the Nobel Prize capital of the country,” says John Sr.

“We feel so good about this we’re expanding the concept. We’re encouraging everyone to share a ‘Good Deed’ story with us. We’re going to do something like this every Christmas. Go to and share a story about someone who has done a ‘Good Deed’. You never know what will happen,” John Sr. continues, “yes, reading and math are essential skills but so is being a good person. We really want to thank Gail and Crystal Valley Computers for giving all of us at Essential Skills Advantage a great Christmas.”

When you do the right thing you never know who will notice. Gail did the right thing and someone noticed. Submit your Good Deed story at Merry Christmas Middlebury.

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