Portland area teachers have wish lists fulfilled by U.S. Cellular's Calling All Teachers Campaign | Business

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Portland area teachers have wish lists fulfilled by U.S. Cellular's Calling All Teachers Campaign
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Eighteen teachers at Cumberland Oxford Canal School in Westbrook received the exciting news from U.S. Cellular that their classroom projects had been funded through the company’s Calling All Teachers campaign. For a second year, the wireless carrier partnered with philanthropic website DonorsChoose.org to fund $1 million in creative and impactful classroom projects submitted by public school teachers. The local donation of more than $10,000 will benefit 962 students in Westbrook. More than 70 teachers throughout Maine had their projects fulfilled by U.S. Cellular’s Calling All Teacher’s Campaign totaling more than $41,000.
U.S. Cellular focuses its giving on education and the pressing needs of schools. Lack of funding has caused many of them to eliminate critical programs and operate on limited resources. Calling All Teachers is one of the initiatives the phone company developed to offer schools help with these financial challenges.
“Teachers play a big role in the future of our children,” said Eric Conlon, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in New England. “We are glad to support them because we know they work hard to make every child’s learning experience meaningful and fun.”
Third through fifth graders at Cumberland Oxford Canal School will benefit from more than $10,000 to fulfill the needs of the classrooms for literacy and reading programs, including E-book readers, a document camera, a webcam, Flip video camera, digital camera, storage baskets, and books, books, and more books.
Teachers across the country posted classroom projects that ranged from the basic to the technically advanced. Some asked for novels, bookshelves and calculators, while others requested LCD projectors, digital cameras and a TI Navigator system.
“U.S. Cellular’s continued support of education is definitely making an impact in schools across the nation,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “The company’s donations from both last year and this year allow teachers to do more in the classroom, and our children reap the benefits.”
U.S. Cellular made the commitment to invest millions in education during 2009-10 through its Calling
All Communities and Calling all Teachers campaigns.
Recently, the company introduced The Belief Project to address common frustrations consumers have with the wireless industry. This initiative also complements U.S. Cellular’s growing catalog of cutting-edge phones, all backed by its nationwide 3G network. To learn more about the company’s support of education and The Belief Project, visit uscellular.com or check us out on Facebook.

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