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Support for Education

Sprint, through the Sprint Foundation, provided $350,000 over four years to support a Kansas City-based version of Project Lead the Way, a national program designed to create a pipeline of students prepared to pursue engineering and technology-related careers. Sprint funding provided support for more than 7,000 students from 36 high schools and one middle school, and offered training for all Kansas City area high school teachers.

Sprint teamed with the Myron B. Thompson Academy (MBTA), an online K-12 Public Charter School that provides online instruction to students in Hawaii, to empower eighth-grade students on Oahu with 3G/4G mobile hotspots from Sprint and Sierra Wireless. The goal of the program is to provide teachers with new ways to capture student work and improve student achievement through mobile technologies.

Sprint partnered with the city of Chicago to help with its Digital Excellent Initiative, part of Mayor Richard M. Daley's Smart Communities program. Sprint provided free Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go units with online service at no charge for six months to 60 Chicago high-schoolers who participated in the 2010 inaugural Digital Youth Summer Jobs program. The goal is to achieve a "digital transformation" in five pilot neighborhoods with nearly 270,000 residents. The

Sprint Foundation supported 41 schools and 13 school districts from across the country with grants for character-education initiatives for the 2010-2011 school year through the Sprint Character Education Grant Program. Grants went to in-school programs that address and promote youth leadership, youth $450,000 in grants for this program in 2010, bringing the three-year total for the program to more than $1.5 million.