Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School Named 2011 Champion in
U.S. Cellular's Calling All Communities Campaign
ORLAND HILLS, Ill., Oct. 31, 2011 – U.S. Cellular associates surprised the faculty and students of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School Friday with news that they are the 16th winner in the wireless carrier's 2011 Calling All Communities campaign. The school will receive $50,000, bringing the total to $350,000 that U.S. Cellular has awarded to Illinois schools since the campaign began three years ago.
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School is among 18 winners in the wireless carrier's nationwide $1 million contest this year. Two of the other winners are also from Chicagoland: Woodland Elementary School in Joliet and Mother Teresa Catholic Academy in Crete. The remaining champions will continue to be announced throughout October and November. All winning schools are planning special Calling All Communities events to celebrate their victories.
"It was so fun watching the principal's excitement when we told her that Cardinal Bernardin was one of our champions," said Chris Rathsack, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Chicagoland. "This campaign is just so rewarding and we are all very proud of U.S. Cellular's commitment to education."
The Calling All Communities campaign continues to grow with more than 1.5 million votes being cast this year for 2,700 schools nationwide. A total of 17 schools will receive $50,000 each, and the school with the most votes will earn the top prize of $150,000.
"This has been such a wonderful experience and we are proud of the parents and staff that helped put our campaign together," said Mary Iannucilli, principal of Cardinal Joseph Bernadin Catholic School. "We believe just like U.S. Cellular in the power of education."
Illinois produced two other Calling All Communities champions last year: Nettelhorst Elementary School in Chicago and St. Liborius School in Steger each won $100,000. Winnings can be used any way the school sees fit to enhance students' learning experience.
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