After the picture of a group of girls using Taco Bell wifi to do their homework went viral, a campaign has stepped in to raise $140,000 for them...
We all saw the heartbreaking photo of 2 girls being forced to use Taco Bell wifi in order to complete their homework...
via: GettyA Twitter user decided to post it in order to raise awareness about the obvious gap when it comes to having the means to complete "virtual learning."
Well, now people have rallied together in order to make sure they get more than just free wifi...
via: GettyThe details truly are heartwarming.
It's been a rough time for students...
via: Getty ImagesBut there are some struggles that are truly unbelievable.
The shift back to "normality" was never going to be easy...
via: Getty ImagesThere are huge logistical issues when adjusting to these new rules.
Students in certain districts are starting to return to school.
via: Getty ImagesThe move has divided opinion among parents and students.
It seems that many people have forgotten that the global pandemic has seized the entire world...
via: GettyAnd even though numbers of infections are steadily dropping in many countries, the USA continues to be the worst affected.
Many individuals seem to be forgetting that the virus is passed on through close contact...
Grow the hell up. Wear a mask. Look out for each other. It's not all about you. https://t.co/KLcrfkwXrJ— Elizabeth Hackett (@Elizabeth Hackett)1591910999.0
This is why many government officials have stressed the importance of wearing facemasks in public spaces...
via: GettyBecause even though they can't protect a person fully from catching or spreading the virus, they lower that chance significantly.
But regardless of this...
The coronavirus is not under control: America’s shifting Covid-19 epidemic in five charts https://t.co/hhJoOhNqTI https://t.co/Ad5ZJZXHSx— Bloomberg (@Bloomberg)1593377705.0
It just seems that many of us aren't learning...
via: GettyAnd more and more lives are being put at risk because of this.
But despite it all, schools are opening their doors again.
via: Getty ImagesResulting in a massive spike in virus cases...
Many don't think schools should be opening.
Kids cough like this in public and the government thinks it’s a good idea to open schools back up. Yeah ok https://t.co/ySh1vJJdFa— Emo Florist 🕸 (@Emo Florist 🕸)1594330667.0
Some pointed this out.
Can’t keep 900 baseball players safe with almost unlimited resources but sure we can protect millions of kids jamme… https://t.co/1jG3CbhZnH— Joshua Holland 🔥 (@Joshua Holland 🔥)1595873254.0
And when you take this into account...
school board: it’s completely safe for kids to go back to school teachers: so you met in person to discuss this… https://t.co/WUzSpgUh8D— Laurazepam (@Laurazepam)1595018413.0
But some schools have opted for a more appropriate response to the pandemic.
via: Getty ImagesThey have shifted to virtual learning to make it safer for their students to continue learning but from a more appropriate environment.
However, this is taking a toll on some students.
via: Getty ImagesEspecially those in less privileged positions.
And one picture went viral this week for that very reason.
via: Getty ImagesTwo young children were spotted sitting on the ground outside a Taco Bell to use the free WiFi in an attempt to learn.
Should I throw out my couch and my dining room table and turn my apartment into a place for kids in Chicago who don… https://t.co/guHybysfjH— Emily (@Emily)1598543475.0
@sehurlburt I assumed schools and libraries were providing hotspot access but clearly that’s not true. 😢 Limited resources I’m sure.— Kam 💻 (@Kam 💻)1598469922.0
@JonathanWHendry @curiousdev_ @sehurlburt Being outside with this smoke is hazardous. Yesterday we were all warne… https://t.co/1PqKlHUdnm— Cindy Ferguson (@Cindy Ferguson)1598472390.0
@snvboy @sehurlburt I live in a rural area w/bad connectivity because it’s not profitable for the communications co… https://t.co/AMWslG1jgf— Laura La (@Laura La)1598606913.0
@sehurlburt Lack of access to housing, broadband & was already a dire problem before COVID. Now it’s catastrophic.… https://t.co/JevwaXdOHY— Luna ☕️ (@Luna ☕️)1598564634.0
@ines_opcoelho @sehurlburt I've seen people suggest that for the U.S. as well, but there are a lot of rural communi… https://t.co/QYswd3BJx4— eman and her dogs and her mask (@eman and her dogs and her mask)1598473044.0
@sehurlburt @HNTurtledove @tacobell— Pat McCann (@Pat McCann)1598489556.0
@stimuluspackage @sehurlburt @TProphet I can't speak to the libraries in the Bay Area, but libraries in Maryland are closed, yes.— eman and her dogs and her mask (@eman and her dogs and her mask)1598473104.0
@sehurlburt I don't know. Maybe this dude could help? https://t.co/IpAwawfbOu— Deep State Space Force Commander🚀 (@Deep State Space Force Commander🚀)1598568304.0
@sehurlburt @emccoy_writer Kids on the reservations in NM are doing the same thing. Off reservations, too. Welcome… https://t.co/SexqHniaP9— Lif Strand wrote Evolution Device (@Lif Strand wrote Evolution Device)1598497106.0
Here are the pictures that got the whole of Twitter talking.Now, a campaign has been put together for the 2 girls and their single mother, Juana, who is a migrant worker.
Jackie Lopez, a citizen of Salinas, decided that the family needed help.
via: GoFundMeThe initial goal was $20,000, but in a matter of days, it has now reached a whopping $140,000 with donations continuing to pour in every single hour.
Lopez, who met with the family, said this:
via: GoFundMe"She is an essential worker that works in the fields picking berries. On her days off from work she sells flowers on the side of the road. When field work is off-season she walks around Salinas selling ice-cream, snacks and candy. She doesn’t take a day off because that is a day she could be making a few dollars to provide for her girls."
She also mentioned that they had just been kicked out of the single room they rented.
via: GoFundMe"I then realized that those same little girls that not only needed internet, clothes, and school supplies now needed a home too."
But thankfully, the donations were enough to put them into a hotel room for a week and buy them clothes and other school essentials.
via: GoFundMe"For now they are safe but they need as much help as they can get," Lopez added. "Thank you for helping change their lives. All children deserve a happy place to live and because of their dedication, these little girls deserve a safe space to learn. We appreciate every single one of you for helping to make that happen."
The school that the 2 girls attend also saw the photograph and spoke out.
via: GettyA Salinas City Elementary School District rep said that officials are now providing wifi hotspots for the family to use.
So overall, this story had a happy ending.
via: GettyHopefully, this family will never have to worry about virtual learning again. Every child deserves the right to a good education. Keep scrolling to see the condition of some other schools during the coronavirus pandemic.