Roughly 300 New Brunswick High School students will receive a free smartphone, tablet or hotspot device during the 2017-2018 school year.
The program is meant to target students who wouldn’t otherwise have access to internet devices at home.
“Incorporating technology into the education of all our students is essential in preparing them to be innovators and lifelong learners,” Superintendent of New Brunswick Public Schools Aubrey Johnson said in a prepared statement.
The telecommunications company will provide an undefined number of devices through the 1Million Project for a five-year period, based on eligibility.
According to Sprint’s 1Million Project site, the internet has created amazing opportunities for education.
“Sadly, it's also created a gap between families that can afford home internet access and 5 million families with school-aged children that can't.1 For those living paycheck to paycheck, food, shelter and utilities understandably take a higher priority over internet access.”
“But since 70 percent of teachers are now assigning internet-based homework, connectivity isn't a luxury — it's an absolute necessity for students.”
“Nearly half of 14- to 18-year-olds report using a library computer primarily for homework.3 Students lacking home internet access are cut off from a future of possibilities.
“That's why Sprint and the Sprint Foundation will change the lives of 1 million high school students by giving them opportunities to reach their full potential.
“The 1Million Project is the largest corporate initiative to bridge the digital divide and help close the ‘Homework Gap’ for 1 million low-income high school students lacking home internet access.
“How does the program work? Sprint and the Sprint Foundation have partnered to make free devices and service available to schools and districts to benefit 1 million low-income high school students.
“This is more than the chance to do homework. This is the opportunity to impact their lives and futures. The program brings students closer to teacher communication, scholarships, jobs, college and big possibilities.
“The students chasing their dreams and better futures don't have to go to extremes to access Wi-Fi. The 1Million Project removes a big hurdle in their lives. So no matter what, they will have the same internet accessibility as any other student.
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