— Students, teachers and administrators at Rosedale Elementary School in Oak Hill are $25,000 richer today after being named a 2013 Champion in U.S. Cellular’s Calling All Communities campaign. The winning schools garnered the most community votes and each won $25,000 to use as they wish to enhance their educational experience.
Rosedale was the only West Virginia school to win the award.
A video naming all of the winners, including Rosedale, is posted on the company’s website, uscellular.com.
North Carolina topped the list with four winning schools. Iowa, Tennessee and Wisconsin tallied three winners. Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and West Virginia had one winner apiece to round out the list of 2013 champions.
More than 37,000 votes were cast during the 2013 campaign. Small schools with less than 50 students like Dubuque Lutheran School and Valley Lutheran High School engaged their local community as did large schools with more than 1,000 students like Brickey McCloud Elementary School and Hamilton High School. Of the winners, 14 are public schools and six are private schools. Fairview Elementary School in Auburn, Maine and Notre Dame Catholic School in Wichita Falls, Texas are the first ever Calling All Communities campaign winners in their states.
“We congratulate all the schools who were able to rally their local communities to support their efforts,” said Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South, “We can’t wait to hear about how all the schools plan to use the winnings they worked so hard to earn.”