Sprint is Helping Thousands of Low-Income Students in a Big Way
It takes a lot more than a pencil and an eraser for high schoolers to do their homework these days. Recognizing this fact, Sprint is making big moves to help one million low-income high school students get the resources they need to succeed.
As part of the telecommunications company's sweeping 1Million Project, this year Sprint is providing 180,000 students across the country with either a free smartphone, tablet, or hotspot device and 3GB of high-speed LTE data per month to help them do their homework while they're in high school.
"Education is the foundation for our society to prosper, and the internet is an incredibly powerful tool for learning. But it's a huge problem in America that we have 5 million households with children that lack internet connections. Those kids have a huge disadvantage and we are failing them," Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO, said in a press release. "All of us at Sprint are committed to changing this by providing 1 million students in need with free devices and free wireless connections."
According to a recent study from Pew Research Center, 5 million U.S. families with school-aged children do not have broadband access at home. "Low-income homes with children are four times more likely to be without broadband than middle- or upper-income households," Sprint reported in a release, adding that at least 70 percent of teachers assign homework that requires web access.
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More than 1,300 schools across 30 states have been chosen for the 2017-2018 school year, impacting 7,100 students in Atlanta, 7,900 in Charlotte, 16,500 in Miami, and 3,592 in Washington DC.
"No child should struggle to finish school projects because they lack access to the proper technology," Claudio Hidalgo, Sprint's President for the Florida, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands region told CBS Miami. "Sprint wants to do its part to make the learning process a little easier and this technology is key to unlocking students' highest potential."