The United States promises children a free public education. It doesn't promise them an internet connection. As schools have transitioned to virtual learning in response to the pandemic, students in rural America are struggling to complete their assignments and maintain their grades. In Robeson County, North Carolina, at least 43% of homes don't have an internet connection.
Alexis Hinson, (right) a 16-year-old junior at Fairmont High School who has no internet in her own home, participates in an English class using her cousin's internet and laptop in Lumberton, North Carolina. As Hinson works, Rebecca Brown, left, her daughter Alexis Brown and Hinson's mother, Rikki Mofford, eat breakfast as Macie the dog looks on.
Photographed for The New York Times.