August 01, 2007

Program’s Three-Year Contribution to Local K-12 Education to Total

                        More Than $1.3 Million

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 1, 2007--Sprint (NYSE:S) announces the 2007 recipients for the Sprint Achievement Program, a community program through which Sprint, through the Sprint Foundation, provides annual grants to Greater Kansas City-area K-12 educators.

For the 2007-08 school year, Sprint, through the Sprint Foundation, will provide 80 grants totaling more than $347,000 and ranging from $500 to $5,000. This year’s grants will bring the program’s three-year total contribution to more than $1.3 million. Grants will be distributed to schools across the Kansas City area with the highest number going to the Kansas City, Mo. School District, which will receive 16 grants. To view a complete list of this year’s recipients, please visit

"The Kansas City, Mo. School District is thrilled to be the largest recipient of Sprint Achievement Program grants this year," said Anthony Amato, superintendent of the Kansas City, Mo. School District. "The 16 grants will help us reach a broad spectrum of students from elementary to high school through a variety of exciting programs. I would personally like to congratulate the educators whose grants were accepted and thank Sprint for their continued commitment to the Kansas City education community."

"Sprint recognizes that education isn’t "one size fits all" and designed the Sprint Achievement Program with this in mind. Sprint considers area educators the experts when it comes to what will improve achievement in their specific students," said Ralph Reid, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility and executive director of the Sprint Foundation. "By reviewing and approving grants tailored to individual schools and classrooms, the Sprint Achievement Program is able to directly address areas of need for students, educators and families."

Created in 2004 by working closely with area superintendents, the Sprint Achievement Program supports classroom-based projects that increase student achievement, provide enriched development opportunities for educators, and encourage family involvement in the student’s education. Educators applied for 2007 grants in April, and each grant was reviewed by a third-party committee representing a cross-selection of education stakeholders familiar with current curriculum development and learning resources needs. The grants will be distributed in August, when most area schools start back in session, and are to be used during the 2007-2008 school year. At the end of the school year, educators are required to provide a results report to be considered for future grants.

Sprint’s ongoing commitment to area education was also evident the week of July 23 at Park University’s "E! Excellence! Education, Business, The World" conference hosted by the Hickman Mills School District. The Sprint Foundation has been the presenting sponsor of this professional development conference for regional K-12 educators and administrators since its creation in 2004. This year’s gift from the foundation of $100,000 assisted approximately 250 education professionals learn about critical areas in their field, such as setting high expectations for students, incorporating technology into the classroom, and leadership strategies.

To learn more about the Sprint Achievement Program and Sprint’s other community initiatives, please visit

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SOURCE: Sprint Nextel