DROC & Meijer are working to help students and their families


Hotspots help families with online schooling or working from home

DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Many students across Central Illinois are still learning from home. For kids who don’t have access to the internet at their house, remote learning can be a big challenge.

The group Danville Restoring Our Community (DROC) is partnering with Meijer to supply these students with portable, wireless hotspots.

They will give them to organizations that work with the kids who need them the most. 160 devices will be split between DROC, the Ubuntu Mentoring Program at Laura Lee Fellowship House, and East Central Illinois Community Action Agency.

Each hotspot can support up to five devices, whether it’s used in a community space or within a household, several people can have access to it.

Community leaders said these hotspots are truly a necessity. DROC’s Breon Boyd said, “There’s a need, so we have to fulfill it in the best way we can. We can’t reach 100% of the students, but we’re doing our best to get to the majority of them.”

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