Campaign Helps Schoolteachers
U.S. Cellular has kicked off the new school year with the return of “Calling All Teachers,” a campaign that donates $1 million to fund classroom projects submitted by public-school teachers.
Through Sept. 15, teachers are invited to register on DonorsChoose.org as a “U.S. Cellular Teacher” and post their requests to be considered for funding.
This is the second year that U.S. Cellular has partnered with Donors-Choose.org. The philanthropic website helps public-school teachers find money for all types of classroom projects
“Teachers make the request and we work hard to help their dreams come true,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “When companies like U.S. Cellular get onboard, we’re able to make an even greater impact in schools.”
U.S. Cellular will announce the teachers whose projects are selected for funding in October.
“We’re excited to see the variety of classroom requests that get posted on DonorsChoose.org,” said Marcel Bekers, U.S. Cellular director of sales in eastern North Carolina. “Teachers across the nation are struggling to locate the resources they need to turn many enriching classroom projects into a reality. We believe that teachers and their students deserve our support.”
During last year’s Calling All Teachers campaign, U.S. Cellular funded more than 2,000 classroom projects benefiting nearly 175,000 students. More than 40 percent of the funded projects were in rural schools, while another 26 percent were in urban schools.
Because of the overwhelming response to the campaign, the company decided to increase its funding to $1.1 million to cover all of the projects in the areas where it does business.
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