09/12/12 — Calling All Communities contest starts

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Calling All Communities contest starts

By Staff Reports
Published in News on September 12, 2012 1:46 PM

Calling All Communities, the U.S. Cellular program that annually raises money for schools, will launch its latest campaign as voting begins Friday.

This is the fourth year for the challenge to win a share of $1 million, officials said. The school that receives the most community votes will win $150,000 and 17 other schools will receive $50,000 each.

Calling All Communities is open to all K-12 schools, public or private. Voting runs through October 21. Visit a local U.S. Cellular store to pick up a code to vote for the particular school. Enter the code online at uscellular.com to cast your vote. Check back to track the school ranking, see the top vote-getting schools, get ideas to rally more votes and post photos. With only one vote per person, it is important to get entire communities involved.

Since the program began in 2008, U.S. Cellular has awarded $3 million to 38 schools across the country. Wayne County has done particularly well. Brogden Primary School received $100,000 in 2009, the following year Wayne Country Day School was awarded $100,000. Last year, four schools claimed $50,000 each -- North Drive and Tommy's Road elementary schools installed playground equipment and purchased interactive white board technology for all classrooms; Wayne Christian School purchased a shuttle bus and updated the gym's air conditioning system; and Fremont STARS Elementary School purchased new playground equipment replacing items that had been there since 1973.

Official rules for the campaign are located at uscellular.com/callingallcommunities. For more information about U.S. Cellular and past Calling All Communities campaigns, visit uscellular.com or facebook.com/ uscellular.