Donation of internet access helps close the ‘Homework Gap’ in Joplin

Donation Of Internet Access Helps Close The Homework Gap In Joplin
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JOPLIN, Mo. – UScellular helps local students thrive with its recent donation of 35 hotspots and two years of service to the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri.

Currently, more than 40 million people in the United States lack reliable access to high-speed internet.  This leads to an issue known as the “homework gap” among youth who lack proper internet access.

Officials at the club say this donation will help students in the after-school program stay on track with their school work and education.

“The success of students in the communities we serve is very important to us at UScellular,” said Jimmy Thayer, store manager for UScellular in Joplin. “Connecting people and communities are our mission and the After School Access Project is just one way that we’re helping ensure students have the reliable access they need to grow and pursue their dreams.”

Hotspots are stand-alone Wi-Fi networks that can connect several devices at once wirelessly and have proven to be a vital tool for youth to access the internet, study and complete homework.

The hotspots provided through the After School Access Project connects to UScellular’s network to provide high-speed connectivity for youth throughout Joplin.

Members will also have the ability to check out hot spots to bring home.



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