FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Elena Matyas is happy to spend more time with her family over Summit Middle School's extended break, but she already misses her friends.
Matyas says, "Me and my friends are really close, and not having that face to face communication has been kind of hard on everyone."
She and her friends are practicing "social distancing" amid the Coronavirus spread, but they still connect using their computers or phones.
Not all of her classmates can do that, though.
Allen County Public Library Community Engagement chair, Stephanny Smith, says, "computer access, wifi access. Those things are really important at this time."
Students who don't have internet access are facing difficulties completing their online assignments given for the duration of the extended break.
The Allen County Public Library serves as one of the county's main hubs for students to utilize computers outside of school.
Smith says, "That is one of the things that made our decision that much harder. Because we knew people would turn to us for those things."
Thankfully, companies are stepping up to help.
Comcast Telecommunications Indiana Public Relations Director, Mike Wilson, says, "We want people to have that connection."
In response to drastic changes because of the Coronavirus, Comcast is offering two months of free internet service to students and customers who qualify.
Wilson says, "Let's make sure we are staying connected to one another because that is our lifeline to the rest of society."
Elana Matyas encourages her classmates to take their difficulties "day by day" in a YouTube video she created for a class assignment.
The ACPL continues to offer library cards for digital resources on their website. If you'd like more information, click here.
Hopefully, all students can remain connected in order to finish their work successfully.