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School Brings Home $50,000 in Wireless Carrier's $1 Million Nationwide Contest

LA GRANGE, N.C. (Nov. 9, 2011) – Cheerleaders and a drum line helped kick off La Grange Elementary School's celebration as a 2011 Champion in U.S. Cellular's $1 million Calling All Communities campaign. Students, faculty and members of the community participated in a rally at the school on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the $50,000 win complete with dancing, cheers and much celebration.

La Grange Elementary School is among 17 schools across the country and seven in North Carolina that won $50,000 in the Calling All Communities campaign. 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.

La Grange Elementary School officials are considering a few ideas, including technology upgrades, a covered portico for the car rider area, resources for staff development, a covered area for the playground and instructional teaching supplies.

"It was a thrill to share this day with La Grange Elementary School. They did a great job of rallying the support of everyone in Lenoir County and this pep rally was fun way to celebrate their impressive win," said Ryan Martin, field marketing manager for U.S. Cellular in eastern North Carolina. "U.S. Cellular is committed to supporting education, which 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 more than $750,000 through the campaign.

"This win allows us to make some much needed improvements to our school," said Kristie Brennan, principal of La Grange Elementary School. "The celebration today was a perfect way to cap off a great experience for our students, staff and community. We can't wait to see how our students benefit."

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