Sprint Announces 1Million Project to Provide Free Wireless Devices and Service to 1,900+ Little Rock School District Students

Five high schools will be first in Arkansas to participate in multi-year initiative to help close the “Homework Gap”

                  Picture of students with Superintendent Mike Poore during Spring 1Million news announcement.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 4, 2017Sprint (NYSE: S), Governor Asa Hutchinson, and Little Rock School District (LRSD) Superintendent, Mike Poore announced today that more than 1,900 LRSD high school students will receive free mobile devices and free high-speed wireless internet service from Sprint and Sprint Foundation in an effort to help close the homework gap in Arkansas.

Through Sprint’s 1Million Project, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, students at five LRSD high schools will receive a free tablet and 3GB of high-speed LTE data per month.

The participating high schools are:

  • Central High School
  • Hall High School
  • JA Fair High School
  • McClellan High School
  • Parkview High School

LRSD will join hundreds of high schools for the nationwide rollout beginning this fall. Over the course of the next five years, one million high school students will join the program and receive a wireless device and service for up to four years in high school.

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 at Shackleford Crossing or Park Avenue throughout the month of May. 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.

"This is a great day for the Little Rock School District. This generous donation of technology will provide further motivation and opportunity for our students and will further equip them with the tools they need to access internet resources and to continue learning at home. I have no doubt that the more than 1,900 students who will utilize these wireless devices and service will be further positioned to succeed as a result of this donation. I look forward to seeing the positive effects this will have on LRSD students," said Governor Asa Hutchinson.

“There are many students who struggle every day to get their homework done because they have no internet access at home,” Jon Blitz, Sprint’s President for the South Central Region added. “For too many of our kids in Arkansas, it can be a major setback. That’s why we want to do what we can to help close the homework gap right here in our Little Rock community.”

“If we want our students to be successful, we must provide them with 21st century learning environments. This unprecedented donation by Sprint means that our students will have 24-7 access to technology where and when they need it,” said Superintendent Mike Poore. “Thanks to this extremely generous commitment, LRSD students will now have the additional tools they need to maximize their learning opportunities in the classroom and at home.”

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 59.7 million connections as of March 31, 2017 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.

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.