U.S. Cellular is letting communities decide which of 10 schools around the country will share $1 million.
Between now and Jan. 15, U.S. Cellular customers who come in to any U.S. Cellular store, including participating agent locations, to activate, renew or add additional lines can vote for the school of their choice to receive $100,000.
The program comes at a time when school districts across the country are feeling the pinch in a slowing economy. According to an October study from the American Association of School Administrators, two-thirds of superintendents described their districts as “inadequately funded.”
“When children lack the educational tools needed to succeed, we all suffer,” said Mayor Kathy Taylor. “U.S. Cellular is a strong supporter of our commitment to education and our youth. At a time when school funding is dwindling, Calling All Communities gives us a chance to help secure the tremendous possibility in our children’s future.”
All schools in the U.S., public and private, serving kindergarten through high school are eligible. Schools receiving the donation will be announced in February and each school can choose how it will use the money.
“We recognize that funding for education is falling short across the country and this is an important issue for our customers. We hope this opportunity will empower our communities to rally around our schools and our children,” said Nancy Fratzke, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Oklahoma.
Nationwide, U.S. Cellular has donated more than $4 million to not-for-profit organizations serving youth, families and seniors; and associates have volunteered more than 8,000 hours so far in 2008.