Columbus students received two new Flip Video camcorders and a listening center on Nov. 12.
Teachers Delanie Robinson and Missie Hill submitted projects to U.S. Cellular Calling All Teachers in September. Both had their packages approved for funding on October 29.
Robinson received the camcorders for her sophomore, junior and senior high school world literature classes. Hill obtained the new listening center for her second grade elementary students at Highland School.
“First let me give a big thank you to U.S. Cellular,” said Hill. “We received the last of the materials this week.”
A listening center is a junction box of eight headphone sets for that same number of second graders to listen to a book at a time. The will listen to Dr. Seuss, Pinocchio, Little Red Riding Hood and other popular readings for young grade schoolers.
Hill kept the coming center secret from her students until the materials arrived.
“It was like Christmas morning,” she said. “The students and I opened the boxes at the same time.”
Robinson was just as excited to receive her camcorders.
“We’ve been working with the Kenyan students for some time,” she said. “The camcorders will enable us to exchange videos with the kids there. We can record and send them electronically to their class.”
Kenya teacher Njeri Meresa Akelo Abu is coordinating with Robinson. The Kenyan high school, located in Ugunja township in western Kenya, is 10 years old.
“I wrote in my project application about our work with the Kenya cultural exchange,” Robinson said. “I think it helped us to be selected for funding from U.S. Cellular.”
The cameras Robinson received cost $150 each.
Hill applied for funding from more than one source for her listening center.
“U.S. Cellular gave us $330,” she said. “Another source gave $338.”
The cell phone company has given one million dollars for two years now to deserving applications. They funded 1,750 teacher project packages this year.
“We were fortunate for Columbus to have two accepted,” Robinson said.
“Our children deserve the best resources as they pursue their education,” said U.S. Cellular President and CEO Mary N. Dillon. “Lack of funding has caused districts to eliminate critical programs and we’re happy to help students reach their full potential.”