FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina (WTVD) — Cumberland County high school students now have a way to stay connected. The school district held a phone-activation fair, distributing mobile devices to students who need them most.

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The Cumberland County Educational Resource Center was filled with students, their parents, teachers and other faculty members. Lines formed to distribute cell phones and refurbished laptops.

“Now I don’t have an excuse for not getting my homework done. I literally don’t have an excuse. I have a phone and a computer,” said freshman student Chance Lake.

TONIGHT: @CumberlandCoSch partners with @sprint to give students without internet access at home cell phones to close the homework gap. pic.twitter.com/lJL0iK6Luv

— Akilah Davis (@DavisABC11) September 20, 2017

The school district partnered with Sprint to distribute almost 2,000 cell phones to high school students for free. This initiative will span about 30 states. In North Carolina, it will reach about eight school districts and 10,000 students.

“It helps because right now I can’t afford Internet and this helps out a whole lot,” said Lisa Davis whose daughter attends E.E. Smith High School.

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