FOUR WAYNE COUNTY SCHOOLS CELEBRATE AS
U.S. CELLULAR CALLING ALL COMMUNITIES CHAMPIONS
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (Nov. 4, 2011) – Hundreds of blue and gold balloons were released over Goldsboro this morning in celebration of North Drive Elementary School's $50,000 win in U.S. Cellular's 2011 Calling All Communities campaign.
North Drive Elementary is one of four Wayne County schools and seven in North Carolina that won $50,000 each through U.S. Cellular's $1 million nationwide contest. Fremont Stars Elementary, Wayne Christian School and Tommys Road Elementary are also among this year's 18 winners.
"Now more than ever, we need community involvement in our schools, especially private-sector partners," said Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton. "That's why Calling All Communities is such a great program. I congratulate North Carolina's winning schools. They are working hard and giving students every opportunity to succeed." Each of the schools held celebration events this week. Fremont Stars Elementary students danced with U.S. Cellular's mascot, Cellby. Wayne Christian School's cheerleaders led a pep rally and Wendy Hooks, principal of Tommys Road Elementary, made good on a promise to her students that if they won, they could take turns throwing pies at her and other staff members. At each celebration students, faculty and volunteers heard remarks from their principal, a U.S. Cellular spokesperson and other noted community members on the importance of the win for each school.
"It was a joy to celebrate with each school. They are all truly unique and have different needs, which is why they have the freedom to spend their winnings however they choose," said Clint Mosley, area sales manager for U.S. Cellular in eastern North Carolina. "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, eastern North Carolina schools have won $750,000 through the campaign.
Each school is using the $50,000 to benefit students for years to come. Fremont Stars Elementary School, Tommys Road Elementary and North Drive Elementary are each building new playgrounds. Wayne Christian School used its winnings to purchase a 23-passenger shuttle bus and plans to put the rest towards new playground equipment and upgrades to its HVAC system.
"It was great to celebrate our win with the student body, parents and other community members who pulled together to help bring this money to Wayne Christian, said Molly Glover, an 11th-grade student at Wayne Christian School. "I am so proud of everyone."
Through this year's Calling All Communities contest, a total of 17 schools received $50,000 each, and the school with the most votes earned the top prize of $150,000. Winnings can be used any way the school sees fit to enhance students' learning experience.
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