A fourth-grader from New Mexico is pictured out of elementary school, closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, using the school’s internet connection to participate in distance learning.
Nine-year-old Jonathan Endecott from Roswell has to sit outside the elementary school building because he has no Internet access at home.
Schools in his district are currently running classes online, so this is the only way Jonathan can participate in classes.
Jonathan Endecott’s family had no internet access, so he walked to school to use the building’s Wi-Fi and take part in his schools’ online classes
Jonathan, pictured with Mother Angel, has received the good news that they now have the Internet
Angel Endecott says her son is very independent and already walked to his school last year, but when the pandemic lingered and schools closed, the family couldn’t participate in distance learning because they couldn’t afford the Internet.
Instead, Angel, who lost both of her jobs due to the coronavirus, said Jonathan, who turns 10 next month, could walk to school to use the internet there.
He was like, ‘Yeah, I need to be back on the school grounds and I could be like a normal kid again,’ she told CNN. Just being outside the building makes him feel like, ‘Hey, I’m in school,’ even though he’s not around other classmates or teachers. ‘ ‘
The family doesn’t live too far from primary school, so Jonathan’s parents felt comfortable spending the day there, sitting in front of the front door.
A teacher was moved after seeing him lying outside of school day after day
The youngster has been outside school with his laptop via WiFi for weeks
After posting a photo online, the community gathered to help him
“The principal, the secretary, and some of the teachers, they’ll come out and see if he needs anything,” she said.
But seeing the youngster outside the building day in and day out affected a teacher who was heartbroken to see the boy there.
She eventually shared a photo of him and posted it online.
‘This young boy has no internet at home. He gets up every day and walks to school to connect to the school’s Wi-Fi from outside the school. He sits there every day from 8:00 am to 2:45 pm, ” wrote Sabrina Talbott Harbor.
When I taught in Roswell, some of my kids had DIRT floors. No cars, no heating, no water and no food. The only hugs may be from teachers or their friends. Their only food may have come from school. I had a closet with deodorant, soap, a few changes of clothes, etc. For children who had no access to such things and would give them time to go to the toilet to clean up and make themselves presentable.
‘This is not okay. The children will be better off in school. The children suffer socially, academically, mentally and physically, ‘Harbor added.
Jonathan only had to walk a short distance from his house across a field to his school
Mom, Angel, thanked the community for their help and set up a GoFundMe page in the hope that they can raise more money for their struggling family
The statue has since sparked a fundraising campaign to help the family with their finances.
One person has already offered to pay for the family’s Internet for a year, and now Jonathan’s mother has one GoFundMe account to help them with other expenses.
‘We have always lived from salary to salary. With God’s help, we have always managed to get just enough to live on what we had to pay. When covid hit. At first it didn’t affect my job. About 2 months ago that changed. I lost my weekly paid job, ”Angel wrote.
She explains that the family has recently had to pay a slew of expenses, including plumbing and flooring in the house.
“I cannot thank enough for the help the community has already given us with our internet,” she said. ‘We will also be Glady [sic] take donations such as bathroom materials or anything else someone would like to help with. ‘
Since installing the Internet at home, Jonathan, whose favorite subject is Science, says he enjoys chatting online with his friends and classmates.
While his parents also enjoyed letting him go to school every day, Jonathan now has to stay home and learn there, now that he finally has Wi-Fi, until school finally resumes for good.
Jonathan has been told that he now has to learn from home because he has the Internet