KCPS Students Receive Free Mobile Devices and Wireless Service as Part of the Sprint 1Million Project

500 KCPS high school students participating in pilot program to help close the 'homework gap'


Kansas City, Mo., April 12, 2017: Kansas City Public Schools students have a new way to keep up with their school work from home.

KCPS Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell and Sprint executives met with student participants and distributed free wireless hotspots today at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy as part of the Sprint (NYSE:S) and Sprint Foundation’s 1Million Project.

Approximately 500 KCPS high schoolers are participating in the pilot program providing free mobile devices and free wireless service to students who do not have home internet access.

“We are thankful to Sprint and its foundation for choosing KCPS to help lead this project, and we are excited to see how these devices impact teaching and learning in our high schools,” Dr. Bedell said. “One of our top priorities is to grow beyond brick and mortar and become a truly 21st-century school system. This project will help us make that leap. It also allows for a more equitable learning environment for ALL students.”

America is facing an enormous problem that puts millions of students at a disadvantage. Seventy percent of high school teachers assign homework to be completed online, yet more than 5 million families with kids do not have internet connectivity at home. That’s why Sprint created the 1Million Project to help close this Homework Gap by providing 1 million free devices and wireless service to high school students who can’t complete their schoolwork at home because they lack internet access.

Kansas City is one of 10 markets across the country participating in the pilot program, which runs through the end of the 2017 school year. The 1Million Project will apply pilot learnings to the nationwide program rollout this fall. To reach the project’s goal of connecting one million students, each school year, for the next five years, approximately 200,000 new students will join the program and will participate for their up to four years in high school.

“We’ve talked to experts and high school students across the country and have learned how difficult it can be to keep up with school work when they can’t connect to the internet at home, but we’re helping to change that with the 1Million Project,” said Sprint’s President of the 1Million Project Doug Michelman. “Everyone at Sprint is committed to this important multi-year initiative, and we’re very proud that students in our hometown are among the first to have the opportunity to receive free devices and wireless service as part of our pilot program. 

In addition to Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, students at Central Academy of Excellence, Manual Career Tech Center, Northeast High School, Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, Southeast High School and Success Academy at Anderson are also receiving free devices and service. 

Schools and school districts who want to apply to the program can visit www.sprint.com/1millionproject for more information. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2017.

Anyone looking to support the program can visit www.sprint.com/give1mp or text GIVE to 60603 to make a cash donation.1 Used mobile devices can also be donated in Sprint stores or online.2 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.

About Sprint
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 59.5 million connections as of Dec. 31, 2016 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

About The Sprint Foundation
Since its establishment in 1989, the Sprint Foundation (the philanthropic arm of Sprint) has provided millions of dollars to community organizations across the country. A separate legal entity from Sprint, the Sprint Foundation is able to make a huge impact where it is needed most, supporting hundreds of organizations every year that focus on education, arts and culture, youth development, community development, and disaster relief. For more information visit sprint.com/goodworks.

About Kansas City Public Schools
Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) is the largest school district within Kansas City, MO, operating 36 schools including over 3,500 students at 6 high schools and 1 technical school. KCPS has met the mark for full state accreditation and provides a quality education that prepares all students, regardless of background or circumstances, for success in college, career and life. KCPS produces scholars who are high-achieving critical thinkers, prepared to succeed in a constantly changing world and engaged in the improving their communities. KCPS accomplishes this goal by providing teachers with the appropriate training, resources and support they need to develop the whole child. Learn more at kcpublicschools.org.

1 Cash donations for the 1Million Project are tax-deductible charitable contributions to the Sprint Foundation.

2 Device donations are not tax deductible. Net proceeds from reselling/recycling donated devices or $1 per device, whichever is greater, will be donated to the program.

View more photos of the 1Million Project launch by visiting the KCPS Flickr site.