U.S. Cellular is bringing back its Calling All Teachers campaign for the first time since 2010 to donate $500,000 to help teachers fund projects to enhance their students' learning experience. The company is working with DonorsChoose.org and inviting teachers to post their projects on the site for potential funding. DonorsChoose.org is a philanthropic website that helps teachers find funds from corporate and individual donations for classroom projects.
"Teachers influence children in so many positive ways, so we want to help them provide an excellent learning experience for students," said Dana Dorcas, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-Atlantic. "At U.S. Cellular, we are committed to schools and the Calling All Teachers campaign is a way for teachers to get the tools they need to advance their students' education."
West Virginia public school teachers can register online at DonorsChoose.org, affiliate as a U.S. Cellular teacher, and then post their classroom projects. When the campaign was held in 2009 and 2010, U.S. Cellular donated a total of $2.1 million to fund more than 3,800 classroom projects, which included purchasing musical instruments, reading games, technology tools and science experiments. All projects must be submitted by Sept. 16 to be eligible for this funding.
"We want to make it easy for anyone to help teachers get what is needed to improve students' education," said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. "When companies like U.S. Cellular step forward to provide donations like this, it can impact thousands of students."
In 2009 and 2010 teachers at the following area schools received funding for supplies:
- Elkins Third Ward Elementary School in Elkins
- Jennings Randolph Elementary School in Elkins
Also, starting in November, U.S. Cellular is bringing 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.
For more information, visit uscellular.com.