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U.S. Cellular will reward $1 million to teachers

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 12:48 p.m. CST

U.S. Cellular will donate $1 million to fund classroom projects through its Calling All Teachers program. Iowa public school teachers are encouraged to submit their projects for consideration.

Last year, U.S. Cellular contributed $500,000 toward educational materials for improved classroom experiences. U.S. Cellular funded 120 Iowa projects worth $70,820 that benefited 8,950 students throughout the state.

K-12 public school teachers simply need to register online at DonorsChoose.org and affiliate as a U.S. Cellular teacher. Teachers can post their projects on the site through Sept. 21 for potential funding. Selected projects will be announced in October.

“Teachers play such a transformative role in student achievement, and we want to help ensure they have the necessary tools to provide a positive learning experience,” said Erryn Andersen, U.S. Cellular’s director of sales in Iowa and Nebraska. “The Calling All Teachers program allows us to impact teachers and students in our entire footprint and create unique opportunities for teachers to engage, inspire and educate in the classroom.”

DonorsChoose.org is a charity website that helps teachers identify funds from corporate and individual donations for classroom projects. Through U.S. Cellular’s ongoing commitment to the community and education, the company has contributed more than $7 million through this and other philanthropic programming.

U.S. Cellular has funded more than 4,500 classroom projects through DonorsChoose.org, which include technology tools, art equipment and science experiments.

“Teachers are often looking for resources to improve students’ educational experiences, and we want to help ease the process,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “We’re pleased to join U.S. Cellular for a fourth year in their efforts because funding teachers’ classroom projects to this magnitude can have a lasting impact on students and schools.”

For more information, visit uscellular.com.

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