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Two area schools win $25,000 thanks to community votes

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Sunset Park Elementary School was one of two New Hanover County Schools to win U.S. Cellular's Nationwide "Calling All Communities" campaign, receiving $25,000 to use toward enhancing their educational experience. (Source: Heather Miller) Sunset Park Elementary School was one of two New Hanover County Schools to win U.S. Cellular's Nationwide "Calling All Communities" campaign, receiving $25,000 to use toward enhancing their educational experience. (Source: Heather Miller)
Williston Middle School was one of two New Hanover County Schools to win U.S. Cellular's Nationwide "Calling All Communities" campaign, receiving $25,000 to use toward enhancing their educational experience. (Source: Heather Miller) Williston Middle School was one of two New Hanover County Schools to win U.S. Cellular's Nationwide "Calling All Communities" campaign, receiving $25,000 to use toward enhancing their educational experience. (Source: Heather Miller)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Both Sunset Park Elementary and Williston Middle School have won big in a communities campaign put on U.S. Cellular.

The two schools will each receive $25,000. They earned the most from U.S. Cellular's Communities Campaign. It called for the communities surrounding schools to vote in order for the school to win. The schools can use the money any way they wish to enhance their educational experience.

Jakki Jethro, principal of Sunset Park Elementary School and Dr. Jerry Oates, principal of Williston Middle School were both bursting with joy at the announcement. "Sunset Park is ecstatic about this news!  We plan to invest in technology, playground equipment, a part-time tutor, and staff incentives!  Thank you so much," Jethro said.

"This recognition is truly a blessing and a testament to the shared vision and commitment of the Williston students, staff and community at large. This singular event will have an immeasurable and unquantifiable effect on the culture of our school. We are grateful to those who voted and to U.S. Cellular for giving back to this community," said Oates.

There were 20 winners across the county. Four schools from North Carolina were among the winners.

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