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To you and me... it sounds like a school bell.

For Lamont Watson, a senior at "Vance High School" in Charlotte, it might as well be ringing in the start of his career, as an entrepreneur.

Lamont's favorite class is "all business."

"We're learning the basics and foundations of entrepreneurship from I would say to start a business on what you want, like where the location, to basically what we were just talking about now, how to operate it," says Watson.

Watson has a passion for food and he dreams of owning his own restaurant, someday.

Step one: convince the teacher, Mrs. Miller.

"We're gonna have our own business, throw our business idea to our teacher and see if she would uh give or hand us money for the business," says Watson.

For his research, Watson is using the a security guard's i-Pad because the school doesn't have the funding to buy one for the classroom.

"In a classroom like this, where you're developing a business, having those i-Pads and that hand-held technology would just take us to that next level," says Vance High School business teacher, Leah Miller.

Almost 80% of students at Vance come from "economically disadvantaged" families meaning i-Pads, probably aren't in the family budget.

So Miller went to donorschoose.org.

"Donors choose is simply a website that teachers can use to faciliate getting things for their classroom, luxuries i would even say or you know needs," says Miller.

On the website, teachers can post a wish-list for their classrooms.

Then, donors can choose to contribute.

Miller requested four i-Pads for her business class.

"Everyone kind of thought i was crazy to say we want to do four, it's kind of like you're kind of aiming big and i said no, we'll make it," says Miller.

Sure enough, the class is more than half-way there.

"Actually, what we need to complete the project is a little over $800, so and we started at $2500," says Miller.

For students like Watson, an i-Pad would turbo-charge their business presentations.

"So, instead of looking back and forth from the big projection screen, I would have this right here, controlling everything," says Watson as he holds the i-Pad.

Miller also hopes to use the i-Pads to help control the future of her students, helping them research college scholarships.

This first-year teacher's goals inspire Watson to know that anything is possible.

"She's just an amazing person and we all appreciate what she is doing," says Watson.

To donate to Mrs. Miller's project, you can visit: http://www.donorschoose.org/project/support-mrs-millers-future-leaders-wit/1196438/?verify=-1536558971.

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