Teachers encouraged to apply for classroom funding

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U.S. Cellular is continuing its commitment to schools with the return of its Calling All Teachers campaign and will give $1 million to help teachers with classroom needs.
Last year, funds were used for three projects at Leland Middle School. Brunswick teachers are encouraged to apply for this year’s program.
In a partnership with DonorsChoose.org, the company and its local associates are encouraging local teachers to register on the site in May and throughout the summer. Then, they can come back this fall and post their classroom projects for potential funding.
DonorsChoose.org is a philanthropic website that helps public school teachers find money for classroom projects that exceed their limited budgets.
“Teachers can request everything from textbooks to microscopes to art supplies,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “It’s important to give teachers the opportunity to have unique projects for their classrooms that help them provide creative ways for children to learn and be engaged.”
The pinch of budget cuts has compelled many teachers to supplement shortfalls by purchasing basic supplies like crayons, textbooks and calculators with personal resources. A 2010 national survey said kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers spend hundreds of dollars of their own money every year to help teach kids.
The study also said 70 percent of teachers believe their schools are financially unable to provide necessary teaching tools.
During September and October, U.S. Cellular plans to fund $1 million in posted projects in the areas where it does business.
During last year’s Calling All Teachers campaign, the company funded 94 classroom projects in North Carolina, valued at more than $46,000. More than 100 area teachers received some much-needed resources for their students.
“Our associates live and work in this community and we are excited to show our local teachers how much we appreciate them,” said Marcel Bekers, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in eastern North Carolina. “Children deserve the best and we believe helping teachers give them the best education possible is the right thing to do.”