December 9, 2010

U.S. Cellular Gives SCR-I a Boost in the Classroom through 'Calling All Teachers' Campaign

A pair of Scotland County teachers were among the more than 150 educators in Missouri that received the exciting news recently from U.S. Cellular that their classroom projects had been funded through the company's Calling All Teachers campaign. For a second year, the wireless carrier partnered with philanthropic website DonorsChoose.org to fund $1 million in creative and impactful classroom projects submitted by public school teachers. The local donation of $91,125 will benefit more than 16,000 students in Missouri.

Scotland County R-I Elementary School received funding for two projects totaling $1,082.

Mrs. Lough's 4th Grade Classroom received funding for 21 read-aloud picture books in order to engage in lively discussions while Mrs. Beeler's Early Childhood Classroom was approved for funding for a new rug, A to Z reading books, and educational games that promote good character.

U.S. Cellular focuses its giving on education and the pressing needs of schools. Lack of funding has caused many of them to eliminate critical programs and operate on limited resources. Calling All Teachers is one of the initiatives the phone company developed to offer schools help with these financial challenges.

"Teachers play a big role in the future of our children," said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Missouri. "We are glad to support them because we know they work hard to make every child's learning experience meaningful and fun."

Teachers across the country posted classroom projects that ranged from the basic to the technically advanced. Some asked for novels, bookshelves and calculators, while others requested LCD projectors, digital cameras and a TI Navigator system. Missouri teachers that benefited from Calling All Teachers are enhancing classroom learning with listening centers, an environmental testing kit, guitars for a music class and much, much more.

"U.S. Cellular's continued support of education is definitely making an impact in schools across the nation," said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. "The company's donations from both last year and this year allow teachers to do more in the classroom, and our children reap the benefits."

U.S. Cellular made the commitment to invest millions in education during 2009-10 through its Calling All Communities and Calling all Teachers campaigns.


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