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Consolidated Communications Awards $33,000 in Grants to Local Schools Through Earning For Learning Program

MATTOON, Ill. – Consolidated Communications recently announced its annual Earning For Learning Program grant awards totaling more than $33,000 to local school districts, education foundations and parochial schools in central Illinois.

Consolidated’s Earning For Learning (EFL) Program began in 1993 and has provided $3.5 million in grants to central Illinois schools focused on K-12 academic initiatives with new technology purchases and innovative learning programs and projects.

“Consolidated Communications has a long history of helping our schools through our Earning For Learning Program with investments in technology and other programs for enhanced learning opportunities,” said Michael Smith, chief marketing officer at Consolidated Communications. “As a company, we are pleased to support our teachers and schools in the communities we serve.”

The company hosted a reception at its Mattoon headquarters on May 3 to present the checks to the grant recipients. The following school districts, parochial schools and education foundations received funding in the 2016 program:

  • Arcola Foundation
  • Arthur CUSD #305
  • Charleston Excellence in Education Foundation
  • Cowden-Herrick CUSD #3A
  • Effingham Unit 40 Education Foundation
  • Hillsboro CUSD #3
  • Litchfield Student Education Foundation
  • Mattoon Foundation for Academic Excellence Fund
  • Morrisonville CUSD #1
  • Nokomis CUSD #22
  • Oakland CUSD #5
  • Pana CUSD #8
  • Panhandle CUSD #2
  • St. John’s Lutheran School, Mattoon
  • St. Mary’s School, Mattoon
  • St. Michael School, Sigel
  • Shelbyville CUSD #4
  • South Fork School District #14
  • Stewardson-Strasburg CUSD #5A
  • Taylorville CUSD #3
  • Windsor CUSD #1

More information can on the program can be found on the EFL page at

About Consolidated Communications
Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL) provides business and broadband communications services across its 11-state service area. For more than a century, the Company has consistently provided innovative, reliable, high-quality products and services over an expanded fiber optic network.  Consolidated Communications offers a wide range of communications solutions including: High-Speed Internet, Digital TV, Data, Phone, managed and cloud services and wireless backhaul. Learn more about Consolidated Communications at

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