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Video+Gallery+Story: Sprint Grant Provides 1,350 WiFi Hotspots to EPISD Students

EPISD high-school students will now have access to high-speed Internet wherever they go thanks to to Sprint’s 1million Project, which will provide 1,350 WiFi devices to the District.

“In partnership with Sprint, this program will allow students who don’t have Internet connectivity to have it at home,” said Jason Long, EPISD executive director of innovation, design and development. “This will allow students to do their schoolwork from home or wherever they are.

Each high school received a list of eligible students based on the free and reduced-priced lunch program. These students took a survey to determine if they qualified for the 1Million Project.

“Everyone deserves access to technology because in my mind technology is the great equalizer. We have WiFi at the schools, but we want to make sure students have access to wi-fi at home,” superintendent Juan Cabrera said. “This is going to do amazing things for our students.”

The devices will be housed in the school library, where qualifying students can check them out. Each device is CIPA compliant and provides 3G of data per month. Along with Internet access, Sprint has teamed up with the College Board and Khan Academy to provide SAT prep for all EPISD students.

Silva Health Magnet rolled out the red carpet Wednesday morning to welcome representatives from Sprint, decking the halls with ‘thank you’ signs. Each qualifying student received their own hotspot hub and instructions how to pair with their District-issued MacBook.

Sophomore Diego Sanchez won’t have to worry about having access to the Internet for the next few years. He will be able to keep the device the remainder of his time at Silva – even over summer breaks.

“I am excited. This is a really great thing for us,” he said. “It’s going to help me with my homework and school projects. I have been using my cellphone to do research, and it’s difficult to see things on the smaller screen.”

Junior Destinee Portillo is happy she won’t have to go across town anymore to use her cousin’s Internet service when she has an online assignment to complete.

“I think this is super awesome because honestly I have a lot of problems doing my homework because I don’t have WiFi at home, but I have all the tools I need now with my laptop and the hotspot,” she said. “There’s nothing that will stop me now.”

The hotspot will also benefit her sister, who is a sixth-grader at Terrace Hills Middle School.

“My sister and I are going to be able to use the Internet because all our homework is online,” Portillo said. “Big thank you to Sprint. It’s such a big help not just to me but everyone else in school as well.”

Story by Alicia Chumley | Photos by Leonel Monroy | Video by Angel Dominguez/EPISD

Sprint Grant Provides WiFi Hotspots to 1,350 EPISD Students

Thousands of high-school students in the El Paso Independent School District now will have access to high-speed internet and 24/7 learning tools thanks to a grant from Sprint’s 1Million Project Foundation.

“Sprint’s 1Million Project Foundation is helping to close the connectivity gap that currently exists among low-income students throughout the United States,” said EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera.

“Access to information is the key to success in education, and we know that many of our students lose that access once they go home for the day. This grant will help us address this very critical issue in education,” Cabrera added.

The 4-year, multi-million dollar grant will provide WiFi hotspots for 1,350 low-income students who do not currently have internet services at home.

The hotspots will give them 3 gigabytes of data services per month to use at home and share with their families.

The 1Million Project aims to provide WiFi enabled hotspots to 1 million students in the United States who currently do not have high-speed internet access at home. The foundation estimates that 70 percent of high-school teachers assign online homework, but that more than 5 million families with school-aged children don’t have internet connectivity.

EPISD students who will benefit from the 1Million Project grant will receive the hotspot from their high-school library. The device will be theirs to take home and use throughout the school year.

The Foundation also is providing free SAT prep courses to students with the devices and gives them additional gigabytes to use if the college-entrance classes are completed.

The Foundation was created by Spring Executive Chairman Marcelo Claure in 2016 after he read an article outlining what technology educators called the Homework Gap — the lack of internet access in low-income communities and the effects it has had on student performance.

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