Developing Stories: Makeshift Classroom

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Three people sit in a makeshift classroom outdoors.
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Makeshift Classroom
Fish Point, Arizona, Navajo Nation, October 19, 2020

Milton T. Carroll and Wylean Burbank help their daughter Kyla with her schoolwork in a makeshift outdoor classroom. Kyla is a first-grader at Cottonwood Day School, a Bureau of Indian Education school. Carroll constructed the makeshift classroom on top of a hill near their home so that, hopefully, the family could receive cell phone reception and Wi-Fi service. Having neither in their home, their daughter was unable to do her homework. Carroll later modified the classroom by expanding the walls and adding a woodstove for warmth. As of February 2021, the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority was trying to install Wi-Fi service in their home.

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