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

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa, Nov. 14, 2011 – Lutheran Interparish School celebrated its victory as a 2011 champion in U.S. Cellular's Calling All Communities campaign in a cool way Monday afternoon with an ice cream social in the school's gymnasium.

Lutheran Interparish 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.

"In the true spirit of community, the leaders of Central Lutheran School in Newhall, one of the 2010 Calling All Communities champions, stepped in to help Lutheran Interparish get the word out this year," said Rick Milks, agent account executive for U.S. Cellular. "I loved how everyone came together and made this happen for the school and their students. Our 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 cast for 2,700 schools nationwide. Since the program began in 2009, Iowa schools have won $350,000 through the campaign.

Community Lutheran School in Readlyn and Trinity Lutheran School in Cedar Rapids also won $50,000 in this year's contest.

Lutheran Interparish, a preschool through eighth-grade school, plans to utilize its money on community outreach, technology and tuition assistance, and its 152 students will vote on how they want to allocate some of the funds.

"We would like to thank all of the school families, congregational members and the entire community for the support in helping us achieve this milestone," said Mark Grewe, principal of Lutheran Interparish School. "Any funds we receive to help our students and improve our programs are a big boost for us. We praise and thank God for this awesome blessing!"

For more information about Calling All Communities, U.S. Cellular's cutting-edge lineup of products and services and its high-speed nationwide network, visit or U.S. Cellular's Facebook page.

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