An article the end of April in the Upper Rogue Independent was at least partly responsible for 39 teachers getting classroom needs fulfilled, according to representatives from U.S. Cellular.
The project, Calling All Teachers, is a way U.S. Cellular is helping close the gap between limited budgets and needs in the classroom where often times teachers will spend their own dollars to answer needs.
This year U.S. Cellular set aside $1 million for this project. But in the end they simply could not turn a request down, so they say they exceeded that figure and answered every request.
Teachers submitted a letter to U.S. Cellular that included something regarding their district and/or school, their need that was outside any budget and the cost of that need.
U.S. Cellular representatives said in their territory, which went from the coast to Roseburg and Bend, and into the northern California coast, the Upper Rogue had the greatest response to Calling All Teachers, with 143 projects funded.
There were 10 requests from Butte Falls teachers, five from EPHS, two from Eagle Rock, one from Little Butte, two each from Elk Trail, Mountain View and White City Elementary.
Judy Rosenzweig, EPHS art teacher, will be teaching a new drawing course as well as a painting course this fall. She is working with a university so students may obtain three college credits from the course. She needed eight heavy duty easels at a cost of $1,051 including shipping. Her request is being fulfilled.
Jay Shroeder, language arts instructor at EPHS, impressed the U.S.Cellular committee as he included comments from students on what it would mean to them to be able to compare their work from the beginning of the school year to end with a five drawer file cabinet and a supply of hanging file folders. He said this would cost $1,009 and U.S. Cellular is answering the need.
Other requests were not quite as expensive, but that did not decrease their need. Steve Colombo, EPHS teacher, asked for a wedging board and stand to prepare the clay for student ceramic projects. The cost, $723. Mission accomplished.
McKael Ziegler wanted $326 worth of cutting matts and clay in assorted colors for anatomy classes while Pamela Long only wanted four sociology books at a cost of $218. And, again, these needs were fulfilled.
U.S. Cellular visited each District 9 school where requests had been made. May 11 they headed to Butte Falls for the same reason.
Be on the lookout for a huge project this fall. Calling All Communities campaign begins Nov. 27. It will involve visiting a U.S.Cellular store and filling out an entry. Nationwide, 10 schools with the most votes will each win $100,000. Keep looking for details in the Upper Rogue Independent. Last year’s winners included a school with only 125 students as well as a school with 2,000 students.