Hey, teachers! Need some extra cash? Here’s how

Are you a teacher? Have an awesome idea for your kids but don’t have the extra money to do it? U.S. Cellular is here to help.

It launched its “Calling All Teachers” campaign, which will funnel $1 million (how very Dr. Evil of them) to teachers across the country for classroom materials and educational experiences for their students.

Between now and Teacher Appreciation Week, which is May 4-8, the wireless company wants teachers to post requests on Donorschoose.org. The Web site helps public school teachers find money for class projects that go over their limited budgets.

Past winners in Kansas include a microscope and science supplies for $436, athletic equipment for a Special Olympics program costing $411, and a $141 mastering math games library.

The program is open to all public school teachers in the markets where U.S. Cellular does business, which, of course, includes Lawrence.

Donorschoose.org has gotten more than $30 million in funding for teachers during its nine years in existence.

So, get your project funded today! And if any Lawrence teachers cash in on this offer, you must let me know so we can do a story on the amazing things going on in our local schools.