Thousands of MPS students receive free devices, to ensure they have internet access

1Million Project

MILWAUKEE -- Thousands of Milwaukee Public Schools students received free devices to ensure they have internet access outside school. This, in an effort to help close 'the homework gap'.

"You can be connected, and we know how important that is, we live in a digital age," Dr. Darienne Driver, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.

Dr. Darienne Driver

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Sprint employees activate free devices for the students at MPS' James Madison High School, giving them access to the internet anytime, anywhere.

"I need it all the time," said Ahlissia Edwards, junior.

This is part of Sprint's "1Million Project"  --  a mission to help get one million students around the country high speed internet -- giving out free hotspots, tablets or handsets.

Twenty-five MPS schools are a part of it,  and students like Ahlissia Edwards will benefit.

1Million Project

Ahlissia Edwards

"We get on certain things like, Google Classroom. All our assignments are originally on the Internet, on this Google Classroom, we need that to get to our assignments, these links they tag us in, we need to know everything that we need to do," said Edwards.

Sprint says five million families will school-aged children don't have internet access at home -- and 70 percent of homework assigned requires access to complete.

"They just can't stay connected in a way that lets them live," said Jim Mills, Sprint President.

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The hotspots from Sprint will work with MPS students Chromebooks.

"Now we will be able to get those Chromebooks home to you, so you can do your homework, use social media, responsibly. You can also apply for jobs, apply for school," said Dr. Driver.

Students will also have access to Milwaukee Public Library resources, on the go.

"That is an easy way for us to get what we need done," said Edwards.

MPS is on of 118 school districts across the country participating in Springs 1Million Project.

Below is a list of participating MPS schools: 

  • Alliance School
  • Audubon High School
  • Bay View High School
  • Bradley Tech
  • Groppi High School
  • Alexander Hamilton High School
  • MacDowell Montessori
  • James Madison Academic High School
  • Marshall High School
  • Meir School
  • Milwaukee High School of Arts
  • Milwaukee School of Languages
  • North High School;
  • Obama School of Career & Tech Ed
  • Project Stay H High School
  • Pulaski High School
  • Reagan High School
  • Riverside University High School
  • Rufus King International High School
  • South Division High School
  • Transition High School
  • Vincent High School
  • Washington High School
  • Webster Campus
  • Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning