The word is out and spreading fast that U.S. Cellular believes teachers deserve something better. In May, the wireless carrier announced the return of Calling All Teachers, a campaign that donates $1 million to fund creative and meaningful classroom projects submitted by public school teachers. Since the announcement, more than 1,200 public school teachers across the country have signed up as U.S. Cellular Teachers on DonorsChoose.org, a philanthropic Web site that helps public school teachers find money for classroom projects.

The company and its associates strongly encourage teachers to register as U.S. Cellular Teachers on the site throughout the summer. From Aug. 1 to Sept. 15, they can return to DonorsChoose.org and post their classroom projects for funding consideration.

“We are thrilled over the enthusiastic response this campaign is generating from the community,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org, in a news release. “By registering, teachers have an opportunity to start the school year off in a way that’s both exciting and engaging for students.”

Last year, U.S. Cellular funded 42 school projects in Maine. U.S. Cellular is hoping for strong participation from Maine teachers again this year.

“We are happy that our message to teachers is getting out there,” said Eric Conlon, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in New England. “We really want to make a meaningful impact in classrooms this fall, so we want teachers to register and become a U.S. Cellular Teacher today.”

Teachers whose projects are selected for funding will be notified in late September and October. For more information, visit uscellular.com/callingallteachers.

During last year’s Calling All Teachers campaign, U.S. Cellular funded more than 2,000 classroom projects benefiting nearly 175,000 students. More than 40 percent of the funded projects were in rural schools while another 26 percent were in urban schools. Due to the overwhelming response to the campaign, the company decided to increase its funding to $1.1 million to cover all of the projects in the areas where it does business.