Three area schools win $25,000 each

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Three East Tennessee schools have been named among the 20 winners in U.S. Cellular's 2013 Calling All Communities campaign.

Brickey McCloud Elementary School, Powell Elementary School and Seymour Intermediate School each won $25,000 to use as they wish to enhance their educational experience.

“I want to thank U.S. Cellular for its investment and commitment to supporting K-12 education in Tennessee and across the nation,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said. “These schools and their teachers, parents and community supporters should be proud of the work they have done to earn this recognition, and I know they will put this money to good use.”

More than 37,000 votes were cast during the 2013 campaign. Of the winners, 14 are public schools and six are private schools.

“We congratulate all the schools that were able to rally their local communities to support their efforts,” said Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Tennessee. “We can’t wait to hear about how all the schools plan to use the winnings they worked so hard to earn.”

Since Calling All Communities began in 2008, U.S. Cellular has now awarded a total of $1,025,000 among 14 Tennessee schools, including this year’s three winners in the state.

“Our local team of associates is so proud that U.S. Cellular has given more than $1 million to Tennessee schools through the Calling All Communities program,” Brundige said. “It’s a testament to the school spirit and community-wide efforts here in the Volunteer State.”

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