A nine-year-old boy walked to his school grounds to use their internet hotspot, because he doesn't have Wifi at his residence, according to a report by CNN.
Jonathon Endecott walks to his school in New Mexico to complete his online work because his mother, whose jobs were affected by the pandemic, could not afford it.
"He was like, 'Yeah, I need to be back on the school property, and I could be like a normal kid again,'" his mother, Angel Endecott, told CNN. "Him just being outside of the building gives him that, 'Hey, I'm at school' feeling even though he's not around other classmates or teachers."
An elementary schooler in New Mexico who did not have WiFi at his house traveled to his school grounds to complete his virtual classwork, according to CNN.
Jonathon Endecott, who is in fourth grade, has walked to his school in Roswell, New Mexico to access the internet, CNN reported. The nine-year-old in-person classes halted and are online due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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His mother, Angel Endecott, had two jobs that were affected by COVID-19, and although she returned to one of them, she still "wasn't able to afford internet service," according to the report. She told CNN, her son enjoys walking to school to go to class online and it's not too far from their home, she told CNN.
"He was like, 'Yeah, I need to be back on the school property, and I could be like a normal kid again,'" Angel Endecott told CNN. "Him just being outside of the building gives him that, 'Hey, I'm at school' feeling even though he's not around other classmates or teachers."
According to the report, Jonathon's story came to light publicly after a picture of him was posted on social media, and shortly after a GoFundMe was created to assist him and other children with internet access for school.
Angel Endecott told CNN that her son wants to continue to go to school after receiving internet service at home, however, the school district said he needs to be supervised by a parent.
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