Mosinee, WI (October 24, 2013) – The D.C. Everest School Forest received a $5,500 Green Gift from Cellcom today at a presentation at the school forest site.

The D. C. Everest School Forest is a catalyst to foster and expand environmental education in the district. The school forest is in the process of creating a Nature Explore outdoor classroom for children ages 4-6. Cellcom’s green gift will support a year-long family program utilizing the outdoor classroom and other outdoor spaces.

“Project FAWN, Family Activities in the World of Nature, will promote family involvement in the outdoors,” said Cindy Damrow, school forest director. “These experiences will empower families to make healthy lifestyle choices, encourage family bonds, and deepen connections to our natural world.”

This is the third year that the D.C. Everest School Forest received a Green Gift. Cellcom has donated a total of $14,000 to support the forest over these three years.

A total of $31,500 was given out to 12 green organizations in Cellcom’s service area this year.

Since 2004 Cellcom has offered a cell phone recycling program where customers can bring in their old or unwanted phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who in return send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. Cellcom has always donated this money back to local non-profits.

In 2010, Cellcom launched the Green Gift program, donating their recycling funds to green non-profit initiatives in an effort to complete the green cycle that starts with consumers being environmentally-conscious and donating their devices.

“This program has become the cornerstone of our green initiatives,” said Brighid Riordan, director of public affairs. “Cellcom is proud to support organizations of all sizes, whose work is impacting the community and building a greener tomorrow.”

Other green gifts went to non-profits throughout Cellcom’s service area and included Bookworm Gardens (Sheboygan), Boys & Girls Club of Portage County (Stevens Point), Friends of Mead/McMillan Association (Milladore), Merrill River District Foundation (Merrill), Northland Pines School District (St. Germain), Friends of Hortonville Library (Hortonville), Woodland Dunes (Two Rivers), Open Door Bird Sanctuary (Sturgeon Bay), Camp Tekawitha (Shawano), Wisconsin Waterfowl Association (Abrams), and the Brown County Library (Green Bay).

Cellcom’s recycling program has generated over $163,000 for local charities over the past nine years.

Cellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with nearly 80 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.