Oak Forest School in the Running for $100,000

CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–December 22, 2009.  Arbor Park Middle School in Oak Forest continues to remain on the top 10 list of schools in U.S. Cellular’s Calling All Communities campaign. This week the school came in ninth place, falling one spot from last week’s eighth place. If Arbor Park maintains their momentum and finishes in one of the top 10 spots, the school will win $100,000 to use any way they choose.

“This campaign could not have come in a better time for our schools,” said State Senator Maggie Crotty (D – Oak Forest), “I am really glad our community is working hard to give them a chance to receive this gift.”

In the past week, about 600 more schools joined the race, pushing the total number of those competing schools to more than 5,000. The contenders – from communities large and small – have pulled in more than 86,000 votes.

“It’s hard to think of a better gift for a school than one that can make a major impact on their students’ education,” said Jeff Childs, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for U.S. Cellular. “If last year’s campaign is any indication, this will be an exciting race to the finish, filled with dramatic twists and turns until the last vote is cast.”

With a month left in the campaign and more votes being cast daily, the Top 20 list changes quickly. Click here to check out the current leader board. Updates are posted weekly at participating U.S. Cellular stores, at and on U.S. Cellular’s Facebook page.

Anyone 18 or older can visit any U.S. Cellular store to pick up a voting code, and each voting code can only be used once.  Schools of all sizes, public, private, urban and rural, K- 12 have a chance to become a Calling All Communities champion.  Winning schools will be announced in February 2010.  No purchase is necessary to vote.  See official rules at

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