|Knox County Schools Eligible to Win $100,000 in U.S. Cellular $1 Million Donation to Schools
|December 5, 2008 -
Financially stressed Knox County schools are eligible to win $100,000 with
no strings attached in U.S. Cellular's "Calling All Communities" program in
which local communities will decide which 10 schools around the country will
share in $1 million.
Between now and January 15, 2009, Knox school supporters can come in to any
U.S. Cellular store and vote for the school of their choice.
The program comes at a time when school districts across the country are
feeling the pinch in a slowing economy. Knox County Schools Superintendent
Dr. Jim McIntyre recently implemented an expense reduction plan in
anticipation of a $1 million shortfall.
"We recognize that funding for education is falling short across the country
and this is an important issue for our customers. We hope this opportunity
will empower our communities to rally around our schools and our children,"
said Tom Catani, Regional Vice President for U.S. Cellular in the East
Region, headquartered here in Knoxville.
All schools in the U.S., public and private, serving kindergarten through
high school are eligible. Schools receiving the donation will be announced
in February 2009 and each school can choose how it will use the money.
"The city has a strong interest in quality schools even though the public
system is managed by Knox County," said Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam. "I
encourage supporters to vote for the school of their choice. Itıs always the
right time to invest in our children."
"I'm glad to see companies creating incentives for people to support their
schools," Dan Murphy, member of the Knox County school board, told the News
Sentinel. "This provides a means for 10 schools to get monies they otherwise
Nationwide, U.S. Cellular has donated more than $4 million to not-for-profit
organizations serving youth, families and seniors, and associates have
volunteered more than 8,000 hours so far in 2008.
Visit uscellular.com/callingallcommunities for official rules. You must be
18 to vote and only one vote per person.
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