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Teachers invited to apply for classroom grant program

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

U.S. Cellular is donating $1 million to fund teacher classroom projects through its Calling All Teachers program, and public school teachers are encouraged to submit their projects on DonorsChoose.org for consideration. DonorsChoose.org is a charity website that helps teachers identify funds from corporate and individual donations for classroom projects.

“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 Scott Preston, area sales manager for U.S. Cellular in northern Illinois. “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.”

U.S. Cellular has contributed more than $7 million through this and other philanthropic programming, including a $25,000 award to Centennial Elementary in Polo, Illinois, as a part of last year’s Calling All Communities program.

K-12 public school teachers can register at DonorsChoose.org as a U.S. Cellular teacher until Sept. 21 and post their classroom projects for funding consideration. U.S. Cellular has funded more than 4,500 classroom projects to date, which included technology tools, art equipment and science experiments. Selected projects will be in announced in October. 

“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.”

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