Cell phone provide gives Atlantic teacher funds through the “Calling All Teachers” Campaign


October 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with U-S Cellular report 120 Iowa teachers have been notified that their classroom projects were being funded through the company’s “Calling All Teachers” campaign. Among them was Sue Riggs of Washington Elementary School, in Atlantic, who had a nearly $730 Reading Homework-I Can’t Wait to Get Started project funded.

The wireless carrier worked with philanthropic website DonorsChoose.org to fund $500,000 in creative and impactful classroom projects submitted by public school teachers. Iowa donations worth $70,820 will benefit 8,950 students throughout the state.

U.S. Cellular says it is dedicated to supporting education and the pressing needs of schools. Calling All Teachers is one way the company gives back to local communities. Teachers across the country posted classroom projects that covered a variety of topics that included language and literacy, math and science, music and the arts, health and sports and special needs. Some educators asked for novels, bookshelves and calculators, while others requested LCD projectors and digital cameras.

Starting Nov. 4, U.S. Cellular will bring 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. Additional information is available at www.uscellular.com.