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Dixie Hollins GED acts of kindness spark more donations

KENNETH CITY — A student's act of generosity, prompted by a teacher's kindness, set off a wave of even more giving at Dixie Hollins Adult Education Center on Friday.

Dixie Hollins GED teacher Peg Roberts wrote the St. Petersburg Times to share the story of a student who returned after getting his diploma. The student, Derek Wilson, gave Roberts $70 — the fee to take the General Educational Development test — to give to a needy student.

But Wilson, 37, said he was actually inspired by Roberts' generosity, as she frequently reaches into her purse to help students short on cash.

After the story ran Friday, the school and the Times received e‑mails and phone calls from people wanting to donate $70 to help students who can't pay the fee and don't qualify for financial aid.

How to help

Anyone interested in donating money to help someone take the GED test may send a check to Dixie Hollins Adult Learning Center, 4940 62nd St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33709. Make checks payable to "Workforce Development." Or contact a GED testing site in your community by visiting

Dixie Hollins GED acts of kindness spark more donations 10/02/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 2, 2009 10:40pm]
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