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Readlyn School Nets $50,000 in Wireless Carrier's $1 Million Nationwide Contest

READLYN, Iowa, Nov. 9, 2011 – Community Lutheran School in Readlyn celebrated its victory as a 2011 Champion in U.S. Cellular's Calling All Communities campaign with a service and reception for the school and community Wednesday morning at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Community Lutheran is among 17 schools across the country and three in Iowa that won $50,000 in the wireless carrier's nationwide $1 million contest. Seymour Primary School in Seymour, Tenn., brought home the grand prize of $150,000 for garnering the most votes. Schools can choose how to use the money to enhance students' learning experience.

"It's very important that we continue to invest in our kids and our schools, and you should be very proud of this great accomplishment," said Lori Dawson, director of engineering for U.S. Cellular's Central Region, to the room packed with Community Lutheran students, staff and supporters. "Our ongoing commitment to education is one of the reasons we have the happiest customers in wireless."

This is the third year that U.S. Cellular has awarded $1 million to schools through Calling All Communities. The campaign grew significantly this year, with more than 1.5 million votes being cast for 2,700 schools nationwide. Since the program began in 2009, Iowa schools have won $350,000 through the campaign.

Community Lutheran, a preschool through eighth-grade school, plans to use its winnings on technology and software upgrades, a new 3-year-old preschool room and day care opportunities and a curriculum update for its 56 students.

"We are a small community of less than 900 people. We feel truly blessed to win this money and enhance the education opportunities for our children," said an ecstatic Linda Jensen, principal of Community Lutheran School. "It's not just the parents that did everything. It's the wonderful people that live in the community. They said, 'Let's do it for the kids!'"

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