“Calling All Communities gives schools the opportunity to earn the funding they need to invest in the areas most critical to their students’ learning experiences,” said Roberta Winger, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Oregon and California.“We are active members of our customers’ communities and we believe this campaign is a great way to engage entire communities to work towards a common goal.”
Calling All Communities is open to all K-12 schools — big or small, public or private. Voting opens on September 14 and runs through October 21. Simply visit your local U.S. Cellular store to pick up a code to vote. Enter the code online at uscellular.com to cast your vote. You can then check back to track your 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 for them to use however they see fit to impact the education of students. Past Calling All Communities champions have used their winnings in a variety of ways to strengthen the learning experience for thousands of students. Many winning schools outfitted their classrooms with new computers, improved outdated infrastructure and renovated gymnasiums, kitchens and science labs as well as provided scholarships to graduating students. In 2010, Kalmiopsis Elementary School in Brookings, Ore., was a winning school and they upgraded technology and built a new playground.
“Each year we are more and more excited to see the results pour in,” added Winger.“All of us at U.S. Cellular truly become attached to seeing our communities band together for their schools. And as we’re all aware during an election year, every vote counts!”
Getting off to a strong start in the voting has proven successful for schools in past campaigns. Previous winners have gotten out of the gate early and rallied their community together in fun and innovative ways. Using social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter will help spread the word online but don’t forget to engage parent teacher organizations, alumni networks, sports teams, the school band or student groups to help get the word out. Some schools also invited local U.S. Cellular associates to speak at meetings to generate participation.
The 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 .