Students receive Apple computers after winning essay contest

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - For 12 years, Computer Village in Rapid City has brightened up the holiday for children giving away free Apple computers.

Each year, the business asks students in grades 4 through 12 to write an essay on why they deserve an Apple Computer.

Since the initiative began, the local re-seller has received anywhere between 200 and 600 applications and gifted about 400 refurbished and upgraded computers.

This year, Computer Village is giving 35 bright young minds a chance to tell their story.

"Fathers are overseas in the service and they have to get their grandmother to go down to the library so they can access them and their just a lot of real needy kids around for them." said Fred Hadd, co-owner of Computer Village.

"Uhhh it's a little crazy. I didn't know we were going to come here and get this computer. In my essay, I wrote about how I wanted to be a computer programmer and how I'm learning new programming languages," recipient Bishop Janis said.