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November 4, 2013

U.S. Cellular kicks off Calling All Communities campaign

Edmond Public Schools among choices for voting

OKLA. CITY — Voting began Monday in U.S. Cellular’s Calling All Communities campaign. Returning for its fifth year, U.S. Cellular is giving communities the opportunity to help improve the education of students at 20 schools by challenging them to rally community support for the chance to win a share of $500,000. The top 20 schools that garner the most community votes will each win $25,000 to use as they wish to enhance their educational experience.

“Calling All Communities gives schools the opportunity to earn the funding they need to invest in the areas most critical to their students’ learning experiences,” said Joe Cabrera, director of sales, corporate owned channel for U.S. Cellular in Oklahoma. “We are active members of our communities where we live and work and we believe this campaign is a great way to bring people together to work towards a common goal.”

Calling All Communities is open to all K-12 schools — big or small, public or private in the U.S. Cellular footprint. Voting will take place online so all that is needed is Internet access and an email address to vote. From now through 11:59 p.m. CST on Nov. 25, community members can visit www.uscellular.com to cast a vote for their favorite school. Voters can then check back daily to track their school’s ranking and share school spirit on their social media networks to garner attention. With only one vote per person, it is important to get entire communities involved.

In 2012, students, teachers and administrators at Big Pasture Elementary School in Randlett and Hugo Middle School in Hugo rallied enough votes to earn $50,000 each.

Since the program began in 2008, U.S. Cellular has awarded $4 million to 56 schools across the country for them to use however they see fit to impact the education of students. Past Calling All Communities champions have used their winnings in a variety of ways to strengthen the learning experience for thousands of students. Many winning schools outfitted their classrooms with new computers, improved outdated infrastructure and renovated gymnasiums, kitchens and science labs as well as provided scholarships to graduating students.

THE OFFICIAL rules for the campaign are at uscellular.com/callingallcommunities. For more information about U.S. Cellular and past Calling All Communities campaigns, visit uscellular.com.

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