Recently 10 Blount County teachers received the exciting news from U.S. Cellular that their classroom projects had been funded through the company’s Calling All Teachers campaign. For a second year, the wireless carrier partnered with philanthropic website DonorsChoose.org to fund $1 million in creative and impactful classroom projects submitted by public school teachers. The local donation of nearly $12,000 will benefit more than 3,000 students in Blount County.
In total, more than 90 teachers across East Tennessee received nearly $55,000 in funding for their classroom projects, impacting more than 9,200 students in the region.
In Blount County, the following teachers receiving funding for classroom projects:
• Sharon Trahan at Heritage Middle School in Maryville received $704 to fund the project “Knowledge is Power!” and will receive a multimedia projector.
• Katie Amspaugh at Heritage High School in Maryville received $551 to fund the project “Projection for Projection to the Classroom!” and will receive a multimedia projector.
• Chris Clift at Heritage High School received $716 to fund the project “Sound System Needed” and will receive a portable sound system for the choral music classroom.
• Sherry Walker at Heritage High School received $3,180 to fund the project “Designers Delight!” and will receive 25 copies of Indesign CS5 7 Desktop Publishing Software and a DVD Media Set.
• Lynette Barry at Heritage High School received $2,333 to fund the project “The Correct Answer Is…” and will receive an interactive student response system and batteries.
• Randy Byrd at Heritage High School received $811 to fund the project “The Question Is…” and will receive Classroom Jeopardy for an interactive way of learning new material pertaining to collision repair.
• Deborah Lay at Heritage High School received $1,703 to fund the project “You Call That a Laptop!” and will receive a laptop and a LCD projector in order for students to present multimedia projects.
• Cindy Price at William Blount High School in Maryville received $488 to fund the project “Our Fiction Fizzled but You Can Make it SIZZLE” and will receive 27 fiction books to fill the empty shelves of the Ninth Grade Academy library.
• Lauren Bayne at Townsend Elementary School in Townsend received $878 to fund the project “Barren Bookshelf Needs Books and Buddies!” and will receive the Scholastic Little Readers Set, eight discovery scopes and a new listening station to help with pronunciation.
• Amy Johnson at Union Grove Elementary School in Friendsville received $598 to fund the project “Calculators for the Classroom” and will receive calculators for her classroom.
“The multimedia projector that Calling All Teachers has funded for my classroom will enable me to enhance my lessons and activities on a daily basis for years to come,” said Ms. Trahan. “The 100 or more students that I teach each day, now and in the future, will benefit greatly by U.S. Cellular’s kindness and generosity. I am so thankful that there are donors like you who care about the education and future of our younger generation.”
U.S. Cellular’s giving strategy is focused on education and the pressing needs of schools. Lack of funding has caused many of them to eliminate critical programs and operate on limited resources. Calling All Teachers is one of the initiatives the phone company developed to offer schools help with these financial challenges.
“U.S. Cellular’s continued support of education is definitely making an impact in schools across the nation,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “The company’s donations from both last year and this year allow teachers to do more in the classroom, and our children reap the benefits.”
U.S. Cellular made the commitment to invest millions in education during 2009-10 through its Calling All Communities and Calling all Teachers campaigns. Heritage High School was one of the 2009 Calling All Communities Champions and received $100,000.
“Teachers play a big role in the future of our children,” said Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Tennessee. “We are glad to support them because we know they work hard to make every child’s learning experience meaningful and fun.”
Recently, the company introduced The Belief Project to address common frustrations consumers have with the wireless industry. This initiative also complements U.S. Cellular’s growing catalog of cutting-edge phones, all backed by its nationwide 3G network. To learn more about the company’s support of education and The Belief Project, visit uscellular.com or check us out on Facebook.
Launched Oct. 1, The Belief Project is a game-changing, first-of-its-kind way of doing business in wireless that recognizes customer loyalty with freedom from continuous contracts and valuable rewards for customers including faster phone upgrades at promotional prices, accessories and companion lines, all on bundled national rate plans.
With “no contract after the first,” new customers fulfill an initial two-year commitment and never have to sign another contract again. Existing customers who switch to the new Belief Plans can simply finish the remainder of their current term without extending their current contract.
As soon as a customer signs up for one of the new Belief Plans, they automatically begin earning Belief Points simply for being a customer. Points can be redeemed for things people actually want such as faster phone upgrades in as little as 10 to 11 months depending on their plans, additional lines, phones, accessories and ringtones.
The Belief Project also includes the industry’s only phone replacement program that allows customers to bring in their accidentally broken or malfunctioning phone and get a replacement of the same or a similar model. If a customer’s phone is lost or stolen, they can receive the same or similar replacement phone for $100. Customers also can save up to 5 percent on their monthly plans for setting up autopay and paperless billing.