A nine-year-old boy has been sitting outside his closed school every day because it’s the only way he can do his online lessons.
Jonathon Endecott’s family can’t afford internet access from home, so every day since the coronavirus crisis closed his school he has walked the short distance from his home to the building where he can connect his laptop to the school'S Wi-Fi network.
Angel Endecott, who describes her son Jonathon as “very independent,” lost both of her jobs due to New Mexico’s state-wide lockdown. She's now back working at one of them but still isn’t able to afford internet service.
She told CNN that her son was happy when she suggested going to the school to get online.
"He was like, 'Yeah, I need to be back on the school property, and I could be like a normal kid again,'" she said.
"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."
She added that their home isn’t far from the school, so she and her husband felt safe having him spend the day there.
"The principal, the secretary and a few teachers, they do come outside to check up on him and see if he needs anything," she said.
One teacher at the school, Shelby Dutton, was so moved when she saw the lad sitting outside the building every day that she has launched a GoFundMe appeal to help Jonathon, and others like him, access the internet from home.
The appeal has smashed its original $2,500 target and the total of donations currently stands at over $12,500 (£9,500).
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Angel says her son still wants to keep going to school even after the family gets internet service again, but the school administrators said he would need to have an adult with him.
Jonathon told CNN that he likes being able to talk with his friends and classmates online and that being at the school building feels more like being in school.
He added that his favourite subject is science.
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