U.S. Cellular donates $1 million to schools

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U.S. Cellular launched its Calling All Communities campaign. The campaign invites communities across the nation to rally around their favorite schools in an attempt to win a combined $1 million. The ten schools across the country with the most votes will each win $100,000 to use in any way they want. During last year’s campaign a school in Wisconsin Rapids was among those selected.

“We are very proud of our school system, but we welcome any program that generates additional community and financial support for our kids and our schools,” said Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle. “I’m confident that the spirit of our communities is strong enough to bring another win home to Wisconsin.”

Between now and Jan. 15, 2010, anyone 18 or older can visit any U.S. Cellular store to receive a code to vote online for their favorite school. Schools of all sizes, public, private, urban and rural, K-12 have a chance to become a Calling All Communities champion.

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“Last summer was like Christmas around here with new textbooks, furniture and electrical upgrades,” said Joan Bond, principal of Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids. “We also created a scholarship in (U.S. Cellular CEO) Jack Rooney’s name to remind us each year how fortunate we were to win. This award will have lasting impacts on our school.”

Last year’s top 10 schools used their winnings in a variety of ways, including rebuilding a storm-damaged gymnasium, upgrading computer labs, building new playgrounds and creating scholarship programs.

“We’re eager to see the creativity of our local schools as they unite to gather community support,” said Chris Rathsack, U.S. Cellular director of sales for Wisconsin.  “We expect Wisconsin schools to run strong, competitive campaigns.”

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