POLO, Ill. — Students, teachers and administrators at Centennial Elementary School in Polo, Ill., are $25,000 richer after being named a 2013 Champion in U.S. Cellular’s “Calling All Communities” campaign. The winning schools garnered the most community votes and each won $25,000 to use as they wish to enhance their educational experience.
The 20 winners in U.S. Cellular’s 2013 Calling All Communities campaign were revealed in a video that was posted on the company’s website (uscellular.com).
North Carolina topped the list with four winning schools. Iowa, Tennessee and Wisconsin tallied three winners. Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and West Virginia had one winner apiece to round out the list of 2013 champions.
More than 37,000 votes were cast during the 2013 campaign. Small schools with fewer than 50 students like Dubuque Lutheran School and Valley Lutheran High School engaged their local community, as did large schools with more than 1,000 students like Brickey McCloud Elementary School and Hamilton High School. Of the winners, 14 are public schools and six are private schools. Fairview Elementary School in Auburn, Maine and Notre Dame Catholic School in Wichita Falls, Texas, are the first-ever Calling All Communities campaign winners in their states.
“We congratulate all the schools who were able to rally their local communities to support their efforts,” said Laurie Poellinger, director of sales in northern Illinois. “We can’t wait to hear about how all the schools plan to use the winnings they worked so hard to earn.”
Posted Dec. 11, 2013