Cellular Sales Makes $45,000 Donation to The Great Schools Partnership

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Knoxville-based Verizon wireless retailer donation will further improve Knox County Schools

West High School Principal Katherine Banner (second from right) explains the benefits students receive from the tutoring center to Cellular Sales CEO Dane Scism (second from left) while Superintendent of the Knox County Schools, Dr. Jim McIntyre (left), and Recovery Credit Teacher, Marc Giles (right), look on. (Photo credit: Knox County Schools)

We are so grateful to organizations, like Verizon Cellular Sales, that are willing to be a part of our effort to provide an outstanding education to our kids.

Cellular Sales, the nation’s fastest-growing Verizon premium wireless retailer, today announced a $45,000 donation as part of a three-year partnership with The Great Schools Partnership, a local charity which aims to make Knox County Schools globally competitive.

The public announcement, which took place during teacher appreciation week, was made at West High School’s tutoring center, which was funded by The Great Schools Partnership. It gave Cellular Sales CEO Dane Scism a chance to tour the facility and talk to students to see the types of programs his company’s donation will fund. The Great Schools Partnership CEO Buzz Thomas, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools, Dr. Jim McIntyre, and West Principal Katherine Banner were also on hand to discuss the benefits The Great Schools Partnership provides for local schools.

“Education is an important charitable goal of our company,” Scism said. “It’s very gratifying to see lives being changed.”

The tutoring center gives students the opportunity to participate in credit recovery initiatives during the day, while providing tutoring for children after school. There are trains on the walls of the center to symbolize the work students put toward graduating high school.

“We want to have the best school system in the Southeast,” Thomas said. “With outstanding corporate partners like Cellular Sales, we will accomplish this goal.”

The tutoring center provides a number of services for students, from after-school tutoring to credit recovery opportunities. The Great Schools Partnership believes that with more facilities like the one at West, Knox County students will be in a better position to thrive academically.

“We can’t do our job effectively of educating children without that type of support from our parents and our community,” McIntyre said. “We are so grateful to organizations, like Verizon Cellular Sales, that are willing to be a part of our effort to provide an outstanding education to our kids. It’s vitally important to the work that we do with children.”

Following, the success of the tutoring center at West, the Great Schools Partnership has plans to open additional centers at other Knox County schools, including Central, Carter, South-Doyle and Gibbs.

About Cellular Sales
Cellular Sales, based in Knoxville, Tenn., is the nation’s largest Verizon premium wireless retailer. Founded in Knoxville, Tenn. in 1993, the company has, for the past four years, been named by Inc. Magazine as one of the nation’s fastest growing privately-owned retailers. Cellular Sales operates 530 stores nationwide and employs more than 4,000 individuals. For more information on the company, visit http://www.cellularsales.com.

About Great Schools Partnership
The mission of the Great Schools Partnership is to serve as a “think-tank, catalyst, incubator and start-up funder for making Knox County Schools globally competitive.” Through private donations, the Great Schools Partnership provides funding for a number of programs in Knox County ranging from pre-kindergarten education to the Teacher of Advancement Program.

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