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Consolidated Communications Awards $36,000 in Grants to Illinois Schools

Company's Earning For Learning (EFL) Program Supports 19 Area Schools and Foundations

MATTOON, Ill. - May 18, 2018 – Consolidated Communications recently awarded $36,000 in grants to local schools through its Earning For Learning (EFL) program during a reception at the company’s headquarters in Mattoon.

Consolidated’s EFL program funds activities and purchases that enhance educational opportunities for students through technology and innovative learning. The program has awarded $3.5 million in grants to districts in east central Illinois since 1993.

Representatives from 19 area schools and education foundations received grant awards including:

Arcola CUSD #306 – Grant to purchase smart boards.

Arthur CUSD # 305 – Grant to purchase and incorporate 360-degree cameras and virtual reality technology into lessons.

Charleston Excellence in Education Foundation – Funding for foundation grants within Charleston CUSD #1 for new technology and tools.

Effingham Unit 40 Education Foundation – Funding for foundation grants for technology tools, classroom materials and scholarships.

Hillsboro CUSD #3 –Funding for a mobile tablet lab for K-5 grade levels.

Litchfield Student Education Foundation – Funding for grants for special projects and materials.

Mattoon Foundation for Academic Excellence – Funding for family engagement mini-grants and place-based Education grants to benefit the students of Mattoon CUSD #2.

Mattoon St. John’s Lutheran School – Grant to purchase 3D printer.

Morrisonville CUSD #1 – Grant to purchase additional electronic tablets.

Nokomis CUSD #22 – Grant to fund LCD projectors for classrooms.

Oakland CUSD #5 – Matching grant to fund a mobile computer lab for junior high math classroom.

Pana CUSD #8 – Grant to purchase technology for library upgrade project.

Panhandle CUSD #2 – Grant to purchase interactive learning kits for K-1 grade classrooms.

Shelbyville CUSD #4 – Grant to purchase tablets 6-8 grade special education classroom.

Sigel St. Michael School – Grant to purchase frogs and worms for dissection in junior high classes.

South Fork School District #14 – Grant to purchase Interactive white board for special education classroom.

Stewardson-Strasburg CUSD #5A – Grant to purchase interactive coding kits for elementary classrooms.

Taylorville CUSD #3 – Grant to help create a new STEM lab

Windsor CUSD #1 – Grant to purchase smart TVs for the school.

“Consolidated Communications is proud to support and invest in the communities we serve, and this program is an example of our continued support,” said Sarah Greider, corporate communications manager at Consolidated Communications. “The EFL Program represents a substantial investment in our schools over the past 26 years, and we look forward to continuing to help build stronger communities and schools.”

Consolidated Communications EFL grants are awarded on an annual basis through a grant application process open to schools in the company’s east central Illinois service area. Grant applications will be accepted in February 2019. More information on the Consolidated Communications Earning For Learning Program is available at


About Consolidated Communications
Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) is a leading broadband and business communications provider serving consumers, businesses of all sizes, and wireless companies and carriers, across a 24-state service area.  Leveraging its advanced fiber optic network spanning more than 36,000 fiber route miles, Consolidated Communications offers a wide range of communications solutions, including: Internet, data, phone, security, managed services, cloud services and wholesale, carrier solutions.  Headquartered in Mattoon, Ill., Consolidated Communications has been providing services in many of its markets for more than a century.



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