The front entrance of Hillside Elementary

WDMCS Partnership with Microsoft, T-Mobile Provides Free Internet Access to 200 Low-Income Families

West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) is excited to announce that a community partnership with the City of West Des Moines, Microsoft, and T-Mobile will provide about 200 low-income Hillside Elementary School students with portable wireless devices known as mifis.

This partnership will help WDMCS break down barriers for families without home internet access. As education has evolved, many classes require students to do research, write papers, and complete other homework assignments online. By providing mifi devices to these students, families will no longer need to arrange transportation or work around library hours to access the internet.

A head shot of Graham Jones

Hillside Elementary School Principal Graham Jones, Ed.D.

“Our No. 1 goal at Hillside is to give access to learning for all students regardless of income level,” Hillside Elementary Principal Graham Jones, Ed.D., shared. “This program gets us one step closer to providing adequate resources for all of our students.”

This project is part of a larger initiative with the City of West Des Moines and Microsoft to address broadband accessibility and affordability for students and residents of the Valley Junction neighborhood. The mifi devices are provided to qualifying students by T-Mobile along with reduced-rate data plans, and Microsoft is covering the cost of the students’ data plans. The devices will be confidentially distributed to families who were identified by qualifying for the WDMCS free and reduced-price meal program.

WDMCS appreciates the collaboration among businesses, city officials, and our district to help provide the resources and tools our students need in today’s changing world.