Huntsville City Schools & T-Mobile Program Aims to Close the Digital Divide

Huntsville City Schools will soon have a new internet resource for education to help economically disadvantaged families with students in grades 3 – 12. The district has been selected by T-Mobile to participate in the EmpowerED program, which aims to narrow the homework gap by providing off-campus devices and data plans for students.  Details about the program will be presented at tonight’s Board of Education Meeting.

Huntsville City Schools will receive 3,000 T-Mobile Hot Spots for HCS families to use, free of charge, to support learning anywhere and anytime.  To be eligible, a Huntsville City Schools family must be identified under the free/reduced lunch status through the Direct Certification Program by the Alabama State Department of Education.  Heather Bender, the HCS Director of Networked Learning, is hoping to “close the achievement gap by providing a way for economically disadvantaged families to have internet access at home to help with their child’s school work.”  Participation will be on a first come first serve basis.  

Application information and details will be available by visiting the T-Mobile EmpowerED Request Form on the HCS Website.  The application window will open on Friday, August 11 and will close on Thursday, August 31 at 5pm.  A waiting list will be created if qualified applicants exceed 3,000.

The T-Mobile EmpowerED program duration will last a total of 24 instructional months.

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