SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Public Schools and Mayor Domenic Sarno announced on Friday a project that will provide students with free devices and wireless services through Sprint.
In a news release sent to 22News from Springfield Public Schools, about 700 high school students will be able to complete their schoolwork from home as part of the $1Million Project.
“I’m very appreciative of Sprint’s good corporate citizenship, outreach and donation,” Mayor Sarno stated in the news release. “This fits right in with Superintendent Warwick’s continued vision and initiatives to supply our students with technology enhancements that will allow them to succeed in college and career workforce development aspects.”
The 2017-2018 school year marks the first year of the project with more than 180,000 students in 1,300 schools across 30 states.
For the next five years, thousands of high school students will get internet access through Sprint at home. The goal of the $1Million Project is to help one million students level the playing field and eliminate the homework gap.
“We are very grateful to Sprint for their generosity,” Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick stated in the news release. “Your contribution to Springfield Public Schools is very meaningful and one that is going to go a long way in helping students have the ability to extend their learning experiences beyond the classroom and the school day.”
The $1Million Project will distribute devices and provide services to eligible students at the following Springfield Public Schools high schools:
- Gateway to College at HCC
- Gateway to College at STCC
- High School of Commerce
- John Duggan Academy
- Liberty Preparatory Academy
- Springfield High School
- Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy
- Springfield Central High School
- Springfield Conservatory of the Arts
- Springfield High School of Science and Technology
- Springfield Public Day High School
- The Springfield Renaissance School
Students who participate in the $1Million Project will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, or hotspot device and 3GB of high-speed LTE date per month for four years, while they are still in high school.