4,000 Newark Students To Get Free Mobile Devices, High-Speed Internet

Newark Public Schools will distribute 4,000 devices to high school students through multi-year initiative to help close the “Homework Gap”.

From Sprint 1 Million Project: Sprint and Newark Public Schools (NPS) Superintendent Christopher Cerf announced today that 4,000 NPS high school students will receive free mobile devices and high-speed wireless internet service from Sprint and the Sprint Foundation to help close the “Homework Gap”. In addition to Newark, the program will include six public school districts across the state.

Through Sprint’s 1Million Project, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, participating high school students will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, or hotspot device and 3GB of high-speed LTE data per month for up to four years while they are in high school. Unlimited data is available at 2G speeds if usage exceeds 3GB in a month. Those who receive a smartphone can use it as a hotspot.

New Jersey will be one of 32 states for the nationwide rollout beginning this fall which includes, 118 school districts, over 1,300 high schools and 180,000 students. In total, Sprint will distribute close to 6,000 devices to school districts across the Garden State including:

  • Newark Public Schools – 4,000 lines/students
  • Jersey City Public Schools – 600 lines/students
  • Paterson Public Schools – 450 lines/students
  • Vineland Public Schools – 300 lines/students
  • New Brunswick Public Schools – 300 lines/students
  • Egg Harbor Township School District – 300 lines/students

Anyone looking to support the program can visit www.sprint.com/give1mp to make a cash donation via credit card. Used mobile devices can also be donated online or in Sprint stores. Devices will be recycled or resold with net proceeds benefiting the 1Million Project. Visit www.sprint.com/1millionproject for more information, and follow and support the program on social media by using the hashtag #1MillionProject.

Source: Patch.com