Special to The Sun
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 Edmond public school 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 Tommy Arens, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Oklahoma. “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.”
Beginning Aug. 1, Oklahoma teachers from any public school district can register online at DonorsChoose.org, affiliate as a U.S. Cellular teacher, and then post their classroom projects. All projects must be submitted by Sept. 16 to be eligible for this funding.
In 2010, U.S. Cellular awarded funding to 250 teachers across Oklahoma for a variety of classroom needs and projects.
U.S. Cellular donated a total of $2.1 million in 2009 and 2010 to fund more than 3,800 classroom projects across the nation, which included purchasing musical instruments, reading games, technology tools, and science experiments.
“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.”
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.