U.S. Cellular to donate $1 million to teachers to help boost classroom experiences

Staff Report

U.S. Cellular is donating $1 million to fund teacher classroom projects through its Calling All Teachers program, and Rockford-area public school teachers are encouraged to submit their projects for consideration.

U.S. Cellular is working with DonorsChoose.org for a fourth time, and teachers are invited to post their projects on the site for potential funding. 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.”

Through U.S. Cellular’s ongoing commitment to the community and education, the company has contributed more than $7 million through this and other philanthropic programming, including the $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 simply need to register online at DonorsChoose.org and affiliate as a U.S. Cellular teacher. Then, between Aug. 11 and Sept. 21, they can post their classroom projects for funding consideration.

Through DonorsChoose.org, U.S. Cellular has funded more than 4,500 classroom projects to date, which included technology tools, art equipment and science experiments. All projects must be submitted by the Sept. 21 deadline to be eligible for this year’s funding. 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.”

For more information, visit uscellular.com.

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