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10-Year-Old Walks To School Every Day & Sits Outside To Use Wi-Fi


Oct. 29, 2020

The pandemic has taught us a lot about life and what is truly important that needs to be valued. It has also shown us the harsh reality that there are a lot of families out there who are really struggling . Through their struggle, they have been able to find strength and show true resilience. They see what needs to be done, and they do it. Now that children are learning from home in a lot of states, it is clear that there are families out there who do not have the resources they need for their children to thrive in this format of learning.
According to CNN , a 10-year-old boy walks to his school every single day to complete his schoolwork because he does not have internet at home. The boy is from Roswell, New Mexico and his school has moved to 100% virtual due to the pandemic.
Jonathon is the young man’s name, and his mother states that her son has always been a very independent child. She, Angel, says that the family lives very near the school and when he was in class, he would often walk himself to and from school on his own. When the pandemic started, Angel lost both of her jobs and while she is back at one of them now, they still cannot afford internet in the home.
This means that Jonathon walks to his school every day to sit outside and use their wi-fi. Jonathon stated that he actually enjoys doing it and that is because it makes him feel like he is back in class again . Just by sitting on the property, he feels like a “normal” kid again and that is very telling to how important school is for children. Angel said that their house is right across a field from the school, so she and her husband both feel safe having the boy go there.
Angel also said that while there are no students in the building, the principal, secretary and a few teachers are there, and they have caught on to what was happening. They will often go outside and just check on Jonathon to make sure that he is OK and see if he needs something. When one of the teacher’s saw Jonathon sitting outside the school, she was able to spread the word and someone has offered to pay for the family to have internet for a year. This gained momentum, and they have created a GoFundMe page to raise money to help other students who are in the same situation as Jonathon. If we want children to succeed at this new way of learning, we need to make sure they have the resources.
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