September 27, 2012

SCR-I 45th in U.S. Cellular's Calling All Communities Race for $1Million

The sign at Hinds Realty reminds area residents to be sure to vote for Scotland County R-I Elementary School in the U.S. Cellular Calling All Communities campaign.

Just three days into the voting in U.S. Cellular's Calling All Communities campaign, more than 250 schools had jumped into the race to win a share of $1 million in the company's fourth annual campaign to support education.

On September 18th, the carrier released the first list of the 100 schools leading the pack, and the race looks like it's going to be a good one. U.S. Cellular's commitment to education is just one of the ways it goes above and beyond other wireless carriers.

"With five weeks left to rally votes, every school still has a chance to join the frontrunners and win," said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Missouri. "We're excited to see the schools on this Top 100 listing, but we know that it is still a wide open race with plenty of time for other schools to join the ranks. Each year, we are amazed at how many community members rally together to lead their schools to victory."

As of September 24th, the Scotland County R-I School District, listed as Scotland County R-I Elementary in the contest, sits in 45th place.

The top 18 schools that receive the most votes will win a share of $1 million to spend any way they see fit. The school that garners the most votes will receive $150,000, and the next 17 schools will each receive $50,000. The voting period ends October 21st.

As of September 18th, the top 100 schools led a total of 251 schools throughout the country that have received community votes and close to 2,300 total votes have been cast. Ten schools from Missouri are in the top 100, including SCR-1 Elementary School.

There is plenty of time for communities to rally and vote for their local schools and the standings can change drastically. The full Top 100 school list for this week can be seen at

Anyone 18 years or older can visit any U.S. Cellular store and receive a code to vote for their favorite school at - along with information on the latest mobile devices and services. Enter the code online at to cast your vote. You can then check back to track your school ranking, see the top schools, get ideas to rally more votes and post photos. With only one vote per person, it is imperative to get entire communities involved.

Public and private schools, kindergarten through high school, are eligible to win. No purchase is necessary and you don't have to be a U.S. Cellular customer to vote. The winning schools will be announced in November. The official rules for the campaign are located at For more information about U.S. Cellular and Calling All Communities, visit or

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