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

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Nov. 18, 2011 – Trinity Lutheran School celebrated its victory as a 2011 champion in U.S. Cellular's Calling All Communities campaign in a hair-raising and sticky fashion Friday afternoon in the school's gymnasium.

To encourage the community to get out and vote for Trinity Lutheran in the wireless carrier's $1 million nationwide contest, Joshua Nimmer, a fifth-grade teacher, had his head shaved by students during the school assembly. Principal Jon Baumgartel was not spared by the students either, and he allowed them to duct tape him to a wall.

Trinity Lutheran is among 17 schools across the country and three in Iowa that won $50,000 each, along with Community Lutheran School in Readlyn and Lutheran Interparish School in Williamsburg. 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.

"We're excited to have three more winners from Iowa in this year's campaign, including one right here in Cedar Rapids," said Matt Sampson, director of U.S. Cellular's Cedar Rapids Customer Care Center. "U.S. Cellular is proud to continue our commitment to 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 cast for 2,700 schools nationwide. Since the program began in 2009, Iowa schools have won $350,000 through the campaign.

Trinity Lutheran, a preschool through eighth-grade school with 168 students, plans to use its winnings on building improvements and technology upgrades. Each classroom also is giving a portion of the winnings to donate to organizations of their choice.

"Our school and community did a great job rallying support for Trinity Lutheran," said Baumgartel. "I'm thankful to everyone who worked so hard to support us. We could not have achieved this without their efforts and these funds will continue to help us provide a true and complete education for our students."

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