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Sprint donates 1,500 tablets with internet access to Cypress Park High School

September 25, 2018

In an effort to provide equitable access to the internet for students, telecommunications company Sprint donated 1,500 tablets to Cypress Park High School, according to a Cy-Fair ISD press release.

Through their 1Million Project Foundation, a foundation with the mission of providing 1 million high school students reliable internet access, Sprint donated the tablets with high-speed internet to students. From Sept. 18 to Sept. 19, 550 HP Slate 8-inch tablets were distributed during the first phase of distribution, according to the press release. More tablets will be gifted at a later date.

Doug Michelman, president of the 1Million Project Foundation, said the program is meant to give students with lack of internet access and digital tools a helping hand.

“Those students who are disconnected when they leave school every afternoon should not be at a disadvantage just because their families cannot provide them connectivity at home,” he said. “With the support of Sprint, a national wireless company, we are in a powerful position to do something about this problem by arming eligible students with the critical tools they need to succeed and to believe that they can succeed.”

The tablets are free for students and come with data plans and content filters that expire the August after a student’s graduation.

The value of the donation is approximately $540,000, which the press release states could increase annually with additional device donations and data plans.

According to the press release, a survey conducted by Cypress Park High School administrators revealed that 1,500 of 1,900 students have a lack of access to digital tools.

“One of the things here at Cypress Park is we want to give our kids every opportunity to be successful,” said Chris Hecker, principal of Cypress Park High School. “What we found out is roughly 80 percent of our kids needed this service to further their education because we know we’re moving toward everything being online and different access points they could have for their research and development.”

chevall.pryce@chron.com

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