Sprint helps to close the homework gap

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Sprint’s One Million Project provided more than 5,400 high school students in Phoenix Union High School District with a free mobile device and free wireless connectivity.(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Sprint’s One Million Project provided more than 5,400 high school students in Phoenix Union High School District with a free mobile device and free wireless connectivity.(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Sprint’s One Million Project provided more than 5,400 high school students in Phoenix Union High School District with a free mobile device and free wireless connectivity.(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Sprint’s One Million Project provided more than 5,400 high school students in Phoenix Union High School District with a free mobile device and free wireless connectivity.(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Sprint’s One Million Project provided more than 5,400 high school students in Phoenix Union High School District with a free mobile device and free wireless connectivity. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Sprint’s One Million Project provided more than 5,400 high school students in Phoenix Union High School District with a free mobile device and free wireless connectivity. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Education today often relies on technology. Five 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.

Sprint recognizes this and is trying to help close the homework gap that puts these students at an academic disadvantage.

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“This is about leveling the playing field and making sure all of our students have access to wifi, whether they’re at school or home,” said Thea Andrade, Executive Director of Technology and Innovation for Phoenix Union High School District.

Sprint’s The 1 Million Project provided more than 5,400 high school students in Phoenix Union High School District with a free mobile device and free wireless connectivity. These students are some of the first of 180,000 high school students to receive the free devices.

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A freshman student who had received the device said her phone has helped to improve her grades and to maintain straight A’s. 

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