The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 31, 2013

U.S. Cellular to launch funding campaign for teacher classrooms

— U.S. Cellular plans to donate $500,000 to help teachers fund classroom projects in its Calling All Teachers campaign, and local educators are invited to participate.

The company will work with DonorsChoose.org, a philanthropic website that helps teachers find funds from corporate and individual donations for classroom projects.

Beginning Thursday, teachers can post their projects on the site, identifying themselves as a U.S. Cellular teacher. Projects must be submitted by Sept. 16 to be eligible for funding.

“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 Joplin, in a statement. “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.”

Previous campaigns from the company awarded funding for projects at Emerson, Kelsey Norman and McKinley elementary schools in Joplin.

U.S. Cellular donated $2.1 million in 2009 and 2010 to fund more than 3,800 classroom projects across the U.S., which included purchasing musical instruments, reading games, technology tools and science experiments.

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