ELKINS - U.S. Cellular is donating $1 million to fund teacher classroom projects through its Calling All Teachers program.
Last year, the company contributed $500,000 towards educational materials for improved classroom experiences. U.S. Cellular is working with DonorsChoose.org for a fourth time and encourages teachers 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 Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South. "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. Starting today K-12 public school teachers can register online at DonorsChoose.org and affiliate as a U.S. Cellular teacher. Then beginning Aug. 11, 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 Sept. 21 to be eligible for this year's funding. Selected projects will be in announced in October.
In 2013 U.S. Cellular funded projects for 48 West Virginia teachers' classroom projects valued at $28,930 that impacted 3,688 students in the state.
"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.