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Teachers receive money to help fund classroom projects

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Teachers in West Virginia will receive some money to help fund classroom projects.

In a press release issued by U.S. Cellular, Wednesday, it announced it is bringing back its Calling All Teachers campaign for the first time since 2010.   The company said it will donate $500,000 to help teachers pay for projects to improve their students' learning experience.

According to the press release, the company is working with DonorsChoose.org and inviting teachers to post their projects on the site for potential funding.    DonorsChoose.org is a philanthropic web site that helps teachers find money from corporate and individual donations for classroom projects.

In the release, Dana Dorcas, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-Atlantic is quoted as saying, " Teachers influence children in so many positive ways, so we want to help them provide an excellent learning experience for students.   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."

According to the release, beginning Aug. 1, West Virginia public school teachers can register online at DonorsChoose.org, affiliate as a U.S. Cellular teacher, and then post their classroom project.   When the campaign was held in 2009 and 2010, U.S. Cellular donated a total of $2.1 million  to pay for more than 3,800 projects, which included buying musical instruments, reading games, technology tools and science experiments.   All projects must be submitted by Sept. 16 to be eligible.

Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org is quoted in the release, saying "We want to make it easy for anyone to help teachers get what is needed to improve students' education.   When companies like U.S. Cellular step forward to provide donations like this, it can impact thousands of students."

In 2009 and 2010, Woodrow Wilson High school in Beckley  and Midland Trail High School in Hico were the only southern West Virginia schools to receive money for school supplies.

The release also said, starting in Nov, U.S. Cellular is bringing back its Calling All Communities campaign for the fifth year.   Schools can rally community support for the chance to win a share of $500.000 to pay for what their students need the most.   The top 20 schools that get the most community votes will each win $25,000 to use as they wish to improve education.