(September 30, 2013) - Cellcom is giving 16 public and private high schools in the Fox Valley a chance to win one of two cash prizes totaling $30,000 to be used for classroom technology. Project Innovate, a community voting challenge, invites students, teachers, families and community members to vote and rally support for their favorite school. The voting period will run from October 21 through November 22.

The school with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be awarded a $20,000 grand prize exclusively for the purchase of technology. The first prize winner will receive $10,000.

“Cellcom’s ultimate goal is to give back to education locally,” said Brighid Riordan, director of Public Affairs for Cellcom. “Equipping a school with the latest technology is high on the wish list of many educators and students, but budget concerns can make these items less attainable. Project Innovate aims to bridge the gap and give schools the opportunity to create the ultimate classroom.”

Brillion, Chilton, Hilbert, New Holstein, Stockbridge, Lourdes, Omro, Oshkosh North, Oshkosh West, Winneconne, Clintonville, Iola-Scandinavia, Marion, New London, Waupaca and Weyauwega-Fremont high schools were invited to participate in Project Innovate.

“This is the fourth year we’ve held Project Innovate and it’s always exciting to see the creativity students and teachers put into the challenge,” said Riordan. “The key to success in Project Innovate is to tell as many people as can to vote for your school, and the schools that mobilize early and think outside the box have had the most success.”

Cellcom believes that providing these tools to teachers and students will inspire innovation, enhance learning and increase academic achievement. Examples of technology that could be purchased with the funds include interactive white boards, LCD projectors, laptops, netbooks or tablets, and software and digital media tools.

Schools are asked to confirm their participation by October 17 and can then begin rallying support for voting, which begins on October 21. Anyone age 13 and up is eligible to vote, regardless of location. Each individual can vote one time. Cellcom will notify winners on December 2.

Cellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with nearly 70 retail and agent locations. Cellcom is respected for its long-standing reputation of delivering extraordinary customer care, being a strong community partner, and for its renowned network, which is customized to its rural markets. As a subsidiary of Nsight, Cellcom is part of a family of companies offering complete telecommunications services.