A new grant received by the El Paso Independent School District will place Wi-Fi devices in the homes of low-income students who may lack the access to the Internet that helps them complete homework and school assignments.
EPISD received the 1Million Project grant from Sprint Mobile that for up to four years will provide 1,350 Wi-Fi hubs with Internet service to the District. The value of the grant is $324,000 per year.
“This grant goes hand-in-hand with our goal of providing equity in access to technology and information to all of our students, regardless of the ZIP code in which they reside,” said Superintendent Juan Cabrera. “Thanks to the 1Million Project and Sprint, more than a thousand of our students will have the means to access the Internet at home and get their school work done.”
Sprint’s 1Million Project aims to help 1 million high-school students in the United States who do not have reliable Internet at home reach their full potential by giving them Wi-Fi hubs and free high-speed access.
EPISD will begin receiving the Wi-Fi devices in August, which will be distributed to all highschool libraries in the District. Students who meet low-income eligibility will then be able to check them out for use at home.
Each of the Wi-Fi hubs provides three gigabytes of data per month, and as part of the agreement with Sprint students will have access to SAT prep programs courtesy of The College Board and Khan Academy.