Sprint 1Million Project
The Beaverton School District has been awarded 2,000 hotspots from the Sprint 1Million Project. The devices will provide free wireless service for up to 4 years to eligible high school students in grades 9-12 who do not have adequate internet access at home. The distribution will begin in September 2017.
Even in this digital era, not all students have access to consistent, quality internet connections at home. With 70% of teachers now assigning internet-based homework, disadvantaged student must seek out ways to get connected to complete schoolwork. They go to coffee shops, libraries, restaurants and other businesses to use Wi-Fi. Without home internet, students are cut off from success.
To help solve this problem, a team from the Beaverton School District researched opportunities and wrote a grant for the Sprint 1Million Project. During the next five years, each year 400 eligible students will receive a free Wi-Fi hotspot device and up to 3GB per month of free internet connectivity during the time they remain in high school. This new program will help eliminate the "Homework Gap" and provide access to digital content such as college and job applications, financial aid, social services, health care and much more.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, read the Sprint Parent Letter. Fill out the Parent Consent Form and return it to the front office of the school your student will attend in the fall. Staff will process the applications at the start of the 2017-18 school year.