Two teachers in Knox County received the exciting news from U.S. Cellular that their classroom projects had been funded through the company’s Calling All Teachers campaign. For a second year, the wireless carrier partnered with philanthropic website DonorsChoose.org to fund $1 million in creative and impactful classroom projects submitted by public school teachers. The local donation of more than $1,700 will benefit more than 180 students in Camden and Thomaston. More than 70 teachers throughout Maine had their projects fulfilled by U.S. Cellular’s Calling All Teacher’s Campaign totaling more than $41,000.

U.S. Cellular focuses its giving on education and the pressing needs of schools. Lack of funding has caused many of them to eliminate critical programs and operate on limited resources. Calling All Teachers is one of the initiatives the phone company developed to offer schools help with these financial challenges.

Fifth graders at Camden-Rockport Middle School will benefit from more than 45 math books, learning important math concepts through story sharing. Lura Libby School in Thomaston is excited to share their kindergarten through fourth grade students with books about Maine or written by Maine authors.

Teachers across the country posted classroom projects that ranged from the basic to the technically advanced. Some asked for novels, bookshelves and calculators, while others requested LCD projectors, digital cameras and a TI Navigator system.

“U.S. Cellular’s continued support of education is definitely making an impact in schools across the nation,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “The company’s donations from both last year and this year allow teachers to do more in the classroom, and our children reap the benefits.”

U.S. Cellular made the commitment to invest millions in education during 2009-10 through its Calling All Communities and Calling all Teachers campaigns.