U.S. Cellular donates $7,800 to Joplin teachers' projects [The Joplin Globe, Mo.]
(Joplin Globe (MO) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 26--JOPLIN, Mo. -- Thirteen Joplin teachers will share nearly $8,000 from U.S. Cellular to fund classroom projects, the wireless carrier announced Thursday.
U.S. Cellular worked with philanthropic website DonorsChoose.org to fund a total of $500,000 in classroom projects that were submitted by teachers at public schools nationwide through its Calling All Teachers campaign.
A total donation of $7,804 in awards will benefit students at seven Joplin schools. Award winners are Belinda Vaness, Brian Hancock, Bethany Shultz, Adam Bennett, Greta Barrett and Becca Jakaitis, of Joplin High School; Suzanne Chlanda, of South Middle School; Sarah Dunn and Abbie Durr, of Columbia Elementary; DeAun Reeve, of Cecil Floyd Elementary; Raye Frerer, of Irving Elementary; Nasha Robinson, of Royal Heights Elementary; and Emily Bunton, of Kelsey Norman Elementary.
The Calling All Teachers campaign is one way in which U.S. Cellular gives back to local communities, officials said.
"Teachers work very hard to make every student's learning experience meaningful and fun, and U.S. Cellular is proud to support teachers' efforts," Tommy Arens, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Joplin, said in a statement. "We are dedicated to the Joplin community and excited to contribute to the education of local students through this program."
As part of the campaign, teachers across the country submitted classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org that covered a variety of topics, including language and literacy, math and science, music and the arts, health and sports, and special needs. Some projects asked for novels, bookshelves and calculators, while others requested projectors and digital cameras.
"U.S. Cellular's continued support of education is helping to make an impact in schools across the nation," DonorsChoose.org founder and CEO Charles Best said in a statement. "The company's donations allow teachers to do more in the classroom, and our children reap the benefits."
U.S. CELLULAR'S fifth annual Calling All Communities campaign is set to begin Nov. 4. Schools can rally community support for the chance to win a share of $500,000 to fund what their students need the most.
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