U.S. Cellular program donates funds to local teachers

U.S. Cellular is continuing its Calling All Teachers campaign, a program to give $1 million for classroom needs.

During last year's Calling All Teachers campaign, U.S. Cellular funded 127 classroom projects in Oregon valued at more than $60,000 that impacted more than 10,000 students.

In Ashland, 23 projects were funded that totaled $11,455.44, including 10 projects at Ashland High School, seven at Walker Elementary School, three at Helman Elementary School, two at Ashland Middle School and one at Bellview Elementary School.

In a partnership with DonorsChoose.org, the company and its local associates are encouraging Oregon teachers to register on the site in May and throughout the summer. Then, they can come back this fall and post their classroom projects for potential funding.

DonorsChoose.org is a philanthropic Web site that helps public school teachers find money for classroom projects that exceed their limited budgets.

"Teachers can request everything from textbooks to microscopes to art supplies," said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. "It's important to give teachers the opportunity to have unique projects for their classrooms that help them provide creative ways for children to learn and be engaged."

Throughout the summer, U.S. Cellular associates are encouraging teachers to visit DonorsChoose.org and register as a "U.S. Cellular Teacher." In August, as the new school year kicks off, they can revisit the site for more details on posting their classroom projects.

During September and October, U.S. Cellular plans to fund $1 million in posted projects in the areas where it does business.

During last year's Calling All Teachers campaign, U.S. Cellular funded more than 2,000 classroom projects nationwide, benefitting nearly 175,000 students.

More than 40 percent of the funded projects were in rural schools while another 26 percent were in urban schools. Due to the overwhelming response to the campaign last year, the company decided to increase its funding to $1.1 million to cover all of the projects in the areas where it does business.

For more information, visit uscellular.com/callingallteachers.

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