With the closure of Newark schools until at least March 30 as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a non-profit organization has donated 104 WiFi hotspots to Hawthorn Avenue School so students can access the internet to continue learning.
"Like so many across the country and the world right now, we were wondering what we can do to support our communities and families in this uncertain time," said Shennell McCloud, the executive director of the non-profit Project Ready.
McCloud said with the support of the New Jersey Children's Foundation, Project Ready was able to purchase the Sprint hotspots, which will provide free, high-speed internet access for at least four years.
"These hotspots will give internet access to students and families now that schools have been closed," McCloud said. "We’re incredibly grateful for the support of New Jersey Children's Foundation for enabling us to turn thoughts into actions quickly."