by Danielle Wagner
WATERLOO (KWWL) A million dollars. That's how much money U.S. Cellular plans to give away to teachers across the country.
It's part of the company's "Calling All Teachers" campaign.
"U.S. Cellular feels it's really important to give back to our community, especially those teachers in the public school system so they can fund projects to really help all kinds in all our markets," said Elaina Kempin with U.S. Cellular.
Between now and September 15th teachers can submit classroom projects to hopefully get some funding.
Just visit www.donorschoose.org to sign up.
In the campaign's first year in 2009, more than 8000 students were helped in Iowa.
"We've had a variety of projects funded in the past. Everything from globes to dictionaries to encyclopedia sets. All the way up to a classroom for special needs that needed equipment to help further programs," said Kempin.
The goal is to take pressure off teachers who often use their own money to buy school supplies.
Last year, a Waterloo middle school teacher, Trela Rottinghaus, received $400 from U.S. Cellular.
She used the money to buy more books for her reading corner.
So far this year, U.S. Cellular says about 60 Iowa teachers have signed up. The local offices want as much money to be handed out in Iowa as possible.
Reporter: Danielle Wagner