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District Partners with 1Million Project Foundation

Reported by on 4/9/19

The district announced a new partnership with the 1Million Project Foundation to provide qualifying high school students with free hotspots and free access to high-speed Internet for up to four years. Parents received an invitation to participate in the program in early April. Those who qualify will receive their hotspots in August.

With network support from Sprint, the 1Million Project Foundation’s mission is to help one million high school students who do not have reliable home Internet access achieve their full potential by giving them devices and free high-speed mobile Internet access. By providing free connectivity for up to 4 years they are helping eliminate the homework gap that can exist among low-income families.

Eligible students will receive a free hotspot along with:

—10GB of free high-speed wireless data each month

—Free, regularly-updated Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliant content filter with every device

District 204’s mission is to inspire all students to achieve their greatest potential. With help from this program, the district is making tremendous progress in ensuring equity of opportunity for all. Students who previously faced challenges in connectivity outside of school will be now be able to complete homework assignments, collaborate online with other students, communicate with teachers, study for the SAT and more.

Chief Technical Officer Adam Smeets said he hopes to have strong participation from families. “We want as many students as possible to take advantage of this opportunity. It's the first step in our Technology Plan in support of our families and students. With a focus on digital equity and the homework gap, families who previously faced challenges with connectivity outside of school no longer need to seek out options for Internet access for their child to complete school work,” Smeets said.

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