Amanda Masker, Jamie Petersen and Lori VanderLeest from Woodward-Granger Elementary School recently received over $2,000 to go toward school projects through U.S. Cellular’s Calling All Teacher’s campaign.

They were awarded $835.27 toward cultivating preschool culinary skills, $850.69 toward technology for second graders and $859.92 for kindergarten projects.

The wireless carrier worked with philanthropic website Donors to fund $500,000 in creative and impactful classroom projects submitted by public school teachers.

Iowa donations worth $70,820 will benefit 8,950 students throughout the state.

"I want to thank U.S. Cellular for its commitment to supporting education and contributing to classroom projects here in Iowa," Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said. "Our teachers should be proud of their efforts and the impact this funding will have on their students’ learning experience."

U.S. Cellular is dedicated to supporting education and the pressing needs of schools. Calling All Teachers is one way the company gives back to local communities. "Teachers work very hard to make every student’s learning experience meaningful and fun, and U.S. Cellular is proud to support teachers’ efforts," said Don Cochran, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Iowa and Nebraska. "We are dedicated to Iowa and excited to contribute to the education of local students through this program." Teachers across the country posted classroom projects that covered a variety of topics that included language and literacy, math and science, music and the arts, health and sports and special needs. Some educators asked for novels, bookshelves and calculators, while others requested LCD projectors and digital cameras.

"U.S. Cellular’s continued support of education is helping to make an impact in schools across the nation," said Charles Best, founder and CEO of "The company’s donations allow teachers to do more in the classroom, and our children reap the benefits."

Starting Nov. 4, U.S. Cellular will bring back its Calling All Communities campaign for the fifth year. Schools can rally community support for the chance to win a share of $500,000 to fund what their students need the most. The top 20 schools that garner the most community votes will each win $25,000 to use as they wish to improve their educational experience. Additional information is available at