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Brogden is second of 10 winning schools announced in nationwide contest

DUDLEY, N.C., Feb. 18, 2009 - Students and faculty at Brogden Primary School in Dudley were given 100,000 reasons to celebrate this morning. Associates from U.S. Cellular ambushed an assembly today to announce that the school is one of 10 to win $100,000 in the company's 2009 "Calling All Communities" campaign. Brogden became the second winner to be announced so far in the nationwide contest that encouraged communities to cast votes for their favorite school.

"There are lots of small towns surrounding the Dudley community that send their children to our school," said Wendy Hooks, principal of Brogden Primary School. "The staff at Brogden believed that we could come together and win this contest. The warmth shared among our school community is incredible." Schools across the country are facing tough budget cuts due to shrinking government funding, which is jeopardizing vital academic programs and extracurricular activities.

"This contest is our effort to play a small role in bringing some much-needed support to schools during these lean times," said Karen Ehlers, vice president of public affairs and communications for U.S. Cellular. "Between the 6,500 schools nominated and more than 120,000 votes cast, it's clear that communities across the country feel the same way. This is an amazing victory for Brogden that truly can be celebrated by the entire community."

Hooks said that all 735 Brogden students will feel the impact of the additional funding. "The outside view of our school does not make the best first impression, but when you enter our doors, it's a beautiful sight to see the students and staff working so hard," said Hooks. "We are so thrilled to receive this money during these crucial economic times."

U.S. Cellular presented $100,000 to Heritage High School in Maryville, Tenn. on Friday, Feb. 13. The remaining eight winners will be announced in the next few weeks and posted on the Web at

Each year U.S. Cellular donates more than $4 million to the United Way and non-profits serving its communities, and last year associates volunteered almost 10,000 hours. In 2008, the company donated nearly $103,000 to non-profit organizations in North Carolina.

About U.S. Cellular
The 8,700 associates of U.S. Cellular believe a wireless phone enhances people's lives and a wireless company should be in the business of bringing people together. U.S. Cellular has a wide range of monthly plans, including those with unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited free incoming calls and options to prepay. The company has a growing catalog of phones like the BlackBerry® Pearl and Curve, and the touch-screen Samsung Delve, which offer e-mail and Web access. Based in Chicago, U.S. Cellular is the nation's fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier, serving 6.2 million customers across the country. To learn more about the company visit one of its retail stores or