A Houston High School teacher has won a grant from U.S. Cellular.

A Houston High School teacher was one of more than 1,747 educators who received funding for classroom projects through U.S. Cellular’s “Calling All Teachers” program.

Wytney Steelman, a family and consumer science teacher at HHS, said the $433 donation was used to purchase a Cricut die cut machine and accessories. The purchase will assist students required to complete cookbooks and project boards as well as presentations for competitive events.

“This will be valuable in many of the projects we complete in our classroom,” Steelman said. “With this new technology, students will have an opportunity to take pride in the projects they create.”

Earlier in the fall, teachers across the U.S. Cellular footprint posted classroom projects for funding consideration that covered a variety of topics, including language and literacy, math and science, music and the arts, health and sports and special needs. Some asked for classroom reading rugs, teaching easels and books while others requested foreign language tools and tablets. Forty nine percent of funded projects in Missouri included a technological aspect, such as iPads and tablets.

“U.S. Cellular’s continued support of education is helping change the classroom experience in a powerful way,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “The company’s donation of $1 million enables teachers to create impactful learning moments which last a lifetime.”

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