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Consolidated Communications Awards $30,500 in Grants to Illinois Schools

Company’s Earning For Learning (EFL) Program Supports 15 Area Schools and Foundations

MATTOON, Ill. – May 23, 2019Consolidated Communications is helping school districts and education foundations in east central Illinois use technology to improve the education of students with $35,500 in grants through its Earning For Learning (EFL) program.

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

The Company awarded the grants during a reception at its headquarters in Mattoon on May 7. Representatives from area schools and education foundations attended to receive their grants, including:

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

Cowden-Herrick CUSD #3A - Grant award to purchase kits with materials, batteries and software needed to build and program robots.

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

Hillsboro CUSD #3 –Funding for computers for high school computer lab.

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 upgrade wireless coverage in school with additional access points.

Nokomis CUSD #22 – Grant to fund 3-D printer filament and supplies to create projects in engineering classes.

Panhandle CUSD #2 – Grant to purchase document cameras.

Shelbyville CUSD #4 – Grant to purchase tablets in grade school classroom.

Sigel St. Michael School – Grant to fund electronic tablet.

South Fork School District #14 – Grant to purchase electronic tablets for classrooms.

Stewardson-Strasburg CUSD #5A – Grant to purchase electronic tablets for classrooms.

Taylorville CUSD #3 – Grant to help finance laser projector and zoom lens for stage productions.

Windsor CUSD #1 – Grant to purchase document camera for the school.

“Consolidated Communications is proud to help provide additional opportunities for learning in area schools through the EFL Program,” said Sarah Greider, corporate communications manager at Consolidated Communications. “During the past 27 years, we’ve made a substantial investment in our schools and we look forward to continuing to help build stronger communities and schools in the future.”

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 again in February 2020. 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, and wireless and wireline carriers across rural and metro communities and a 23-state service area. Leveraging an advanced fiber network spanning 37,000 fiber route miles, Consolidated Communications offers a wide range of communications solutions, including: high-speed Internet, data, phone, security, managed services, cloud services and wholesale, carrier solutions. From our first connection 125 years ago, Consolidated is dedicated to turning technology into solutions, connecting people and enriching how they work and live. Visit for more information.



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