Sprint will host a kick-off event as part of its 1Million Project, where more than 5,400 high school students in Phoenix Union High School District will receive a free mobile device and free wireless connectivity to help close the homework gap.
These students will be among the first of 180,000 high school students selected to receive free mobile devices and wireless service this year as part of the Sprint 1Million Project national expansion.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, district officials and local Sprint executives will be on hand, as participating students receive their devices and instructions.
Research shows that 5 million U.S. families with school-aged children do not have internet access at home, but 70 percent of teachers assign homework that requires web access, creating a “Homework Gap” that puts these students at a disadvantage academically.
Sprint and the Sprint Foundation are working to change that with the 1Million Project, a multi-year initiative to foster academic success for 1 million low-income students across the country by providing them with reliable connectivity to complete their school assignments from home.
WHO: Mayor Greg Stanton, City of Phoenix
Dr. Chad E. Gestson, Superintendent, Phoenix Union High School District
Ian Danley, Governing Board President, Phoenix Union High School District
Greg Post, Sprint Regional President for Mountain Southwest
John Biera, Principal, Central High School
Thea Andrade, Executive Director of Technology & Innovation, Phoenix Union High School District
WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Central High School – North Gym
4525 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ
*Park at North Gate. Enter north driveway just before the canal
**** Media and TV cameras are welcome ****