Newark Public Schools will distribute 4,000 devices to high school students through multi-year initiative to help close the “Homework Gap”

August 14, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. (BUSINESS WIRE), August 14, 2017 - Karen Paletta, Region President for Sprint (NYSE:S), and Newark Public Schools (NPS) Superintendent Christopher Cerf announced today that 4,000 NPS high school students will receive free mobile devices and high-speed wireless internet service from Sprint and the Sprint Foundation to help close the “Homework Gap”. In addition to Newark, the program will include six public school districts across the state.

Through Sprint’s 1Million Project, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, participating high school students will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, or hotspot device and 3GB of high-speed LTE data per month for up to four years while they are in high school. Unlimited data is available at 2G speeds if usage exceeds 3GB in a month. Those who receive a smartphone can use it as a hotspot.

New Jersey will be one of 30 states for the nationwide rollout beginning this fall which includes, 118 school districts, over 1,300 high schools and 180,000 students. In total, Sprint will distribute close to 6,000 devices to school districts across the Garden State including:

  • Newark Public Schools – 4,000 lines/students
  • Jersey City Public Schools – 600 lines/students
  • Paterson Public Schools – 450 lines/students
  • Vineland Public Schools – 300 lines/students
  • New Brunswick Public Schools – 300 lines/students
  • Egg Harbor Township School District – 300 lines/students

Approximately 5 million U.S. families with school-aged children do not have broadband access at home1, yet, at least 70 percent of teachers assign homework that requires web access.2 During the next five years, 1 million high school students will join the 1Million Project program and receive a wireless device and service for up to four years in high school.

Anyone looking to support the program can visit www.sprint.com/give1mp to make a cash donation via credit card3. Used mobile devices can also be donated online or in Sprint stores. Devices will be recycled or resold with net proceeds benefiting the 1Million Project. Visit www.sprint.com/1millionproject for more information, and follow and support the program on social media by using the hashtag #1MillionProject.

Quotes:

“The classroom has rapidly evolved through the last decade, which is why it’s crucial for students to have access to cutting-edge technology,” said Karen Paletta, Sprint’s President for the New York City and New Jersey Region. “Sprint wants to make sure every child has what he or she needs to succeed, and that’s why we’re so excited to make this donation to schools across New Jersey.”

"Thanks to Sprint, Newark Public Schools students will now have greater access to technology not only to complete school assignments, but to expand how they use technology in school and life," said NPS superintendent Christopher Cerf. It’s never been more important that students understand how to solve problems using technology. We’re excited to see what our students learn and create using these devices."

About Sprint:

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 53.7 million connections as of June 30, 2017 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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1   Pew Research Center > goo.gl/EmpJj8
2   The New York Times > goo.gl/5DacsH
3   Cash donations for the 1Million Project are tax-deductible charitable contributions to the Sprint Foundation. Device donations are not tax deductible. Net proceeds from reselling/recycling donated devices or $1 per device, whichever is greater, will be donated to the program.
     

 

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