Aloha joins the Sprint 1 Million Project


Paul Mitalipov

Are you an Aloha teen in need of WiFi? Then you’re in luck, because the Beaverton School District is participating in the Sprint 1 Million Project this year. The project provides 2,000 hotspots for up to four years for Aloha students who wouldn’t otherwise have internet connection. The project will begin sometime at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

More and more classes involve the internet in one way or another. In fact, 70% of teachers assign homework that requires internet access, according to the New York Times. And while the internet has revolutionized education for our nation’s youth, it has also left many children behind. The Pew Research Center has found that there are 5 million families in the US with children in school that can’t afford internet access.

The Sprint 1 Million Project provides much more than internet connection. In addition to a hotspot with additional calls and texts, the project gives students 3GB per month of LTE data and a smartphone, tablet or some other device that can access the internet This will insure that economically disadvantaged students will be able to call and text their friends like any other student, in addition to having internet access for homework.

If any Aloha student is interested in participating in the Sprint 1 Million Project, their parents must read this letter, fill out the parent consent form and return it to the front office. Remember to be quick about it, because the staff will process the applications sometime at the beginning of the school year, so get the application in as quick as possible for this amazing opportunity!

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