“Ray Came Along and Opened Up My Ears. It Adds a Whole New Richer Dimension to My Life”

Rayvon Williams, a student at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, visits senior centers and teaches senior citizens how to use computers. One of the seniors he taught was Hilli Hockett, who wrote him this thank-you note using Microsoft Word, which he had taught her (as well as how to use YouTube):

“Dear Ray,

“Thank you will all my heart (and more, if possible) for the wonderful gift of music

“yYou have given me (obviously haven’t quite mastered the intricacies of Word yet). I

“spent all last night searching YouTube and ‘subscribing’ to stuff I hadn’t heard in years except in my

“mind (as well as some comedy routines that never fail to crack me up).

“Again, with all my heart (I could use on of those little emojis righ5t now!),


“P.S. And I even get to WATCH them!! How could I ask for more!?!

“P.P.S. And there are several versions of many of them — be still my heart!!”

In an interview, she said, “Ray came along and opened up my ears. It adds a whole new richer dimension to my life.”

Mr. Williams said, “Seniors — they have a huge interest to use technology but they don’t know how to use it or nobody is there to show them how to use it,”

Ms. Hockett said, “This is a gift of immeasurable worth. Wonderful.”

For More Information:

“EMU Student Gets The Cutest Thank You Note After Teaching Computers To A Senior.” CBS Detroit. 22 September 2015


Rossalyn Warren, “A Senior Wrote This Letter After She Was Taught How To Use The Internet.” BuzzFeed. 21 July 2015


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