ERE needs your vote at U.S. Cellular

As the economy’s slow recovery continues to take a heavy toll on our schools, the need for additional funding has never been greater. That is why U.S. Cellular is continuing its commitment to education with a $1 million donation to schools.

Once again, the Calling All Communities campaign will award $100,000 to 10 schools across the nation. Public and private schools, kindergarten through high school, big or small, all are eligible to win. From Nov. 13, 2009, through Jan. 15, 2010, individuals 18 years or older can visit any U.S. Cellular store to get a code to vote online for their school. There is no purchase necessary and you don’t have to be a U.S. Cellular customer to vote. The 10 schools with the most votes will receive $100,000 to use however they choose. Eagle Rock Elementary is challenging our community and its families to stop in and US Cellular and vote for our school–often.

“Many school districts are literally in crisis mode,” said Jeff Childs, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for U.S. Cellular. “As a company, we care about kids and the quality of the education they receive. The passion and energy of our 9,000 associates will help spread the word as we get behind this common purpose.”

There is plenty of evidence of the need for help. At least 36 states have cut or proposed cuts to education, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. A University of Washington study projects that states will cut an average of 18 percent of their education spending over the next three years.

According to a survey conducted by the American Association of School Administrators, 76 percent of school administrators report that the economic downturn has negatively affected student achievement.

The drastic budget reductions are forcing many school districts to eliminate academic programs, extra-curricular activities, staff and basic school supplies. More than three in five parents (61 percent) believe the quality of education will suffer because of school cutbacks.

Last year’s Calling All Communities campaign was driven by U.S. Cellular associates’ grassroots efforts and communities rallying behind their schools. More than 120,000 votes were cast for 6,500 schools across the country. Winners represented public and private schools in Wisconsin, Illinois, Oklahoma, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Nebraska and Iowa. Funds were used for everything from scholarships and computer labs to playgrounds and gymnasium renovations.

Visit  Calling All Communities Facebook page and www.uscellular.com/callingallcommunities for pictures and videos from the 2009 campaign.

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