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Posted: December 14, 2017

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Sprint Provides Mobile Devices to 2,200 HS Students

The 1Million Project includes free wireless connectivity to help close the homework gap.

Remember when all you needed to do your homework was a textbook, a pencil and some paper?

That’s not the case anymore. These days, students need Google. They need email. They need access to My.APS.edu.

Bottom line, today’s students need technology and a strong Internet connection, not just at school, but at home, too. They need it for research. They need it to communicate with classmate and teachers. They need it to turn in homework in a timely fashion, to get feedback, to ask for help.  

They need it to succeed.

And thanks to Sprint and the 1Million Project, more than 2,000 Albuquerque students are getting the help they need.

These students will be among the 180,000 high school students throughout the country who have been selected to receive free mobile devices and wireless service this year as part of the Sprint 1Million Project national expansion.

Research shows that 5 million U.S. families with school-aged children do not have internet access at home, but 70 percent of teachers assign homework that requires web access, creating a “homework gap” that puts these students at a disadvantage academically.

Sprint and the Sprint Foundation are working to change that with the 1Million Project, a multi-year initiative to foster academic success for 1 million low-income students across the country by providing them with reliable connectivity to complete their school assignments from home.

By providing tablets along with up to three gigabytes of data per month, Sprint and the 1Million Project are opening the door to academic success for many, many students who might otherwise struggle due to barriers and limitations.

 Students can keep their devices and the data plans throughout their high school careers, so freshmen who got the tablets this fall will have them until they graduate in 2021.

Tablets have already been given to students at Highland, Del Norte, Freedom and the Native American Community Academy. And we’re expecting the program to expand to two more schools in January.

What a great program. We can’t thank Sprint enough. Partnerships like these really are making a difference in the lives of our students. That’s certainly something worth celebrating!

Thanks again, Sprint, and thanks to the 1Million Project.

 

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