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U.S. Cellular donates $44,000 to Joplin schools

The wireless company partnered with DonorsChoose.org to impact 130 area classrooms

JOPLIN, Mo. – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) continued its commitment to education with a $44,000 donation to Joplin schools through DonorsChoose.org. The donation helped fund 130 classroom projects in Joplin and more than 12,800 students were impacted from pre-k to 12th grade.

"We've been a part of the Joplin community for many years, and we chose to support local schools because of the overwhelming need they faced after the destruction left by the tornadoes," said Tommy Arens, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Joplin. "These schools are in need of the most basic resources and tools to educate their students this academic year. We were just glad to have the opportunity to offer our assistance."

Teachers throughout Joplin posted a wide variety of classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org based on their classroom needs. Joplin High School submitted a request for art supplies for painting calming pictures to relieve students' stress. A project submitted from Columbia Elementary School included tools to help literacy, such as reading blocks, letter vests and alphabet beads. These are just a few examples of the classroom projects funded through the donation.

DonorsChoose.org is a philanthropic website that helps public school teachers find money for classroom projects. Teachers from across the country post classroom project requests, donors select a project they would like to fund and DonorsChoose.org delivers the materials to the classroom.

In addition to the $44,000 donation through DonorsChoose.org, U.S. Cellular also made a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross to aid in relief efforts.

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed nationwide network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Customer Service Champion and received PC Magazine's 2011 Readers' Choice Award.To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.

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