A fourth grader from New Mexico was shown on the internet outside of his elementary school for long distance classes.
Nine-year-old Jonathan Endecott from Roswell was forced to sit in front of the elementary school building that was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic because he has no internet access at home.
The schools in his district currently offer online classes. This was the only way for Jonathan to attend class.
Jonathan Endecott's family did not have internet access so he went to school to use the building's WiFi and take his school's online classes
Jonathan, pictured with mother Angel, received the good news that they now have internet
Angel Endecott says her son is very independent and went to his school last year.
When the pandemic was stuck and schools closed, the family could not attend distance learning because they could not afford the internet.
Instead, Angel, who had lost both jobs due to the pandemic, said Jonathan, who will be 10 years old next month, could go to school to use the internet.
"He said, 'Yeah, I have to be back on the school grounds and I could be like a normal kid again," she told CNN. "When he's out of the building, he feels like,' Hey, I'm in the school "although he is not around other classmates or teachers."
The family doesn't live too far from elementary school, so Jonathan's parents felt comfortable sitting there for the day and sitting on the doorstep.
One teacher was moved after seeing him lying in front of the school day after day
The boy has been sitting in front of school with his laptop for weeks and uses the WLAN
After a picture was posted online, the community gathered to help it
"The headmaster, the secretary, and some of the teachers come outside to see if he needs anything," she said.
But seeing the boy in front of the building day in and day out had an impact on a teacher. In the end, she shared a picture of him online.
& # 39; This young man doesn't have internet in his house. He would get up and go to school every day to connect to the school WiFi from outside school. He sits there from 8:00 am to 2:45 pm every day, ”wrote Sabrina Talbott Harbor.
“When I was teaching at Roswell, some of my children had dirty floors. No cars, no heat, no water and no food. The only hugs could have come from teachers or their friends. Your only meal could be from school.
"I had a closet with deodorant, soap, a few items of clothing, etc. for children who had no access to such things and gave them time to go to the bathroom to get tidy and presentable."
"This is not okay. The children will be better off in school. The children suffer socially, academically, mentally and physically," added Harbor.
Jonathan would have to be a short walk from home across a field to his school
Mom, Angel, thanked the community for their help and set up a GoFundMe page in the hopes that they can raise more donations for their family
The picture has since sparked a fundraiser to help the family with their finances.
One person has already offered to pay for their family's internet for a year, and now Jonathan's mom has set up a GoFundMe account to help them with other expenses.
“We have always lived from paycheck to paycheck. With God's help, we've always managed to get just enough to live with what we had to pay for. When Covid Hit. At first it didn't affect my occupation. That changed about 2 months ago. I lost my weekly paid job, ”wrote Angel.
She explains how there have been a number of recent family expenses, including plumbing and flooring around the house.
"I can't thank you enough for the help the community has already given us with our Internet," she said. "We'll also be accepting Glady [sic] donations such as bathroom supplies or anything that someone might want to help."
Since Jonathan installed the internet at home, he's been enjoying being able to chat online with his friends and classmates.
Jonathan was told he needed to study from home now that he was connected to the internet