Applications for the 2010 program accepted from Jan. 4 through Feb.
5, 2010; program to provide funding for character-education initiatives
in schools and districts across the country
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 23, 2009--
Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced the 2010 entry dates for The Sprint
Character Education Grant Program, its annual character-education grant
program for schools and school districts across the country. The 2010
program will run from Jan. 4 through Feb. 5, 2010.
Now in its third year, the Sprint Character Education Grant Program
awards Sprint Foundation grants to school districts and individual
schools to fund resources that facilitate and encourage character
education among K-12 students. With a national reach, the program is
open to all U.S. public schools (K-12) and U.S. public school districts.
In 2010, the Sprint Character Education Grant Program will award
individual-school grants between $500 and $5,000 and school-district
grants between $10,000 and $25,000. In 2009, the Sprint Foundation
awarded more than $450,000 in combined grants to schools and school
districts through this program.
#8220;Character education is such a critical building block for our young
people to become productive citizens,#8221; said Debby Ballard, director of
Community Affairs for Sprint. #8220;But sadly, it#8217;s an area that is woefully
under-funded in many schools across the country. Through this program,
the Sprint Foundation is able to provide teachers and administrators
with the tools they need to develop and execute the character-education
programs that will work in their classrooms.#8221;
The Sprint Character Education Grant Program will accept applications
for character-education programs that promote youth leadership, youth
volunteerism, a positive school culture and address drop out prevention.
For further information, a list of previous winners and the grant
application please visit: www.sprint.com/educationgrants.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including
two wireless networks serving more than 48 million customers at the end
of the third quarter of 2009 and the first and only 4G service from a
national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data
services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities;
and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company#8217;s customer-focused
strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care
satisfaction scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
About the Sprint Foundation
Since its establishment in 1989, the Sprint Foundation has provided
nearly $100 million to community organizations across the country with a
special emphasis on those supporting K-12 education, positive youth
development, arts and culture outreach, school safety and Internet
safety. Through direct grants and a robust matching-gifts program for
employees and retirees, the Sprint Foundation creatively and
thoughtfully delivers Sprint#8217;s commitment to championing the communities
where Sprint customers and employees live.
Alexander Hahn, 703-433-3062