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Consolidated Communications Awards $24,000 in Grants to Illinois Schools

Company’s Earning For Learning (EFL) Program Supports 10 Area Schools and Foundations                                                                                                   

MATTOON, Ill. – June 15, 2020Consolidated Communications recently announced $24,000 in Earning For Learning (EFL) grant awards to 10 local school districts and education foundations to acquire technology to improve the education of students.

Since 1993, Consolidated’s EFL program has awarded $3.5 million in funding for activities and purchases of technology and innovative learning programs to enhance educational opportunities for students.

The Company recently presented checks to fund the following districts and initiatives:

  • Arcola CUSD #306 – Funding for new smart TVs to be used in collaborative areas as part of the high school media center’s renovation.
  • Arthur CUSD #305 – Grant award to purchase devices to be used for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) lessons in the district’s curriculum.
  • 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 “Engineering in Elementary” curriculum units for use in fourth and fifth grade classrooms.
  • Effingham Unit 40 Education Foundation – Funding for foundation grants for technology tools, classroom materials and scholarships.
  • 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 award to purchase tablet cart charging stations.
  • Panhandle CUSD #2 – Funding to purchase devices for use by students before and after school.
  • Shelbyville CUSD #4 – Grant to purchase devices for the Visual Arts Department and for use in the middle school’s science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) club.

“Consolidated Communications is proud to provide these grants to local schools which support new and innovative ways of learning, whether in the classroom or remotely,” said Michael Smith, chief revenue officer at Consolidated Communications. “We’ve made a substantial investment in supporting our local schools and students through the Earning For Learning program, and our focus remains on turning technology into solutions, connecting people and enriching how they work and live.”

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 37,750 fiber route miles, Consolidated Communications is a top-10 fiber provider in the U.S. offering 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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