Atlanta Public Schools has passed out nearly 1,500 fully activated electronic devices to students in 11 of the district’s high schools, as part of the Sprint 1Million Program — a five-year initiative of Sprint and the Sprint Foundation that will connect 1,000,000 low-income high school students, nationally, who do not have internet access at home.
APS is one of 119 school districts across the country in 32 states participating in the first year of Sprint’s 1Million Project, designed to help bridge the digital divide for almost half of the district’s students in five years. This school year, Sprint will give 1,500 APS ninth graders a connected hotspot, smartphone or tablet, free of charge, for the four years they are in high school. By Year 5 of the program, about 25,000 APS students will have access to one of the connected devices.
The district hosted two “activation fairs” last week, one each at Douglass and Mays High School, where parents and students were given their device of choice and received instruction on the details of the program. A third activation fair was held Monday, Aug. 28, at Maynard Jackson High School.
See the video on the Sprint 1Million Project here.
Douglass Activation Fair
Mays Activation Fair
Maynard Jackson Activation Fair