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Affton High School helps students stay plugged in beyond the classroom

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AFFTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Affton High School is helping students without access to wireless Internet at home stay connected to the worldwide web.

Officials developed a program to give every high school student a personal laptop, which can be used in class and at home to complete online assignments throughout the entire school year. 

However, teachers soon realized some students had trouble completing their coursework on the computers.

"We took for granted that not everybody has Wifi at home," said  Guidance Director Jane Bohn.

Now students who need help staying connected can check out a mobile hotspot for instant Internet access.

"These kids want to do well in school, and if we can help takeaway those barriers, then they can have that sense of success and accomplishment," said Bohn.

Educators said the program even goes beyond academics. Students can also pursue their passions and explore potential career paths, like Isaiah Minner who uses software on his personal laptop to make music.

"I can do a lot of things I never thought I'd be able to," said Minner.

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