One hundred twenty Iowa teachers recently received some good news from telecommunications company U.S. Cellular: their classroom projects had been funded through the company’s Calling All Teachers campaign.
The wireless carrier worked with philanthropic website DonorsChoose.org to fund $500,000 in classroom projects submitted by public school teachers. Iowa donations worth $70,820 will help about 9,000 students statewide.
Among the Iowa grant winners is Perry Elementary School Teacher Carla Creswell, who will receive $749.14 to fund a kindergarten science project.
"I want to thank U.S. Cellular for its commitment to supporting education and contributing to classroom projects here in Iowa," Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said. "Our teachers should be proud of their efforts and the impact this funding will have on their students’ learning experience."
According to company spokespersons, U.S. Cellular is dedicated to supporting education and the pressing needs of schools. Calling All Teachers is one way the company gives back to local communities, they said.
"Teachers work very hard to make every student’s learning experience meaningful and fun, and U.S. Cellular is proud to support teachers’ efforts," said Don Cochran, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Iowa and Nebraska. "We are dedicated to Iowa and excited to contribute to the education of local students through this program."
Teachers across the country posted classroom projects covering a variety of topics, including language and literacy, math and science, music and the arts, health and sports and special needs. Some educators asked for novels, bookshelves and calculators, while others requested LCD projectors and digital cameras.
"U.S. Cellular’s continued support of education is helping to make an impact in schools across the nation," said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. "The company’s donations allow teachers to do more in the classroom, and our children reap the benefits."
Starting Nov. 4, U.S. Cellular will bring back its Calling All Communities campaign for the fifth year. Schools can rally community support for the chance to win a share of $500,000 to fund what their students need the most. The top 20 schools that garner the most community votes will each win $25,000 to use as they wish to improve their educational experience. Additional information is available