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Tornado Learning Club benefits

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Thanks to Midwest Wireless' Community Caring Program, the Tornado Learning Club, the Storm Lake Middle School afterschool program received a $4,000 check to benefit the program.

"This grant provides funds for transportation for the students who attend the TLC afterschool program. Students are transported home from TLC at 5:30 each day TLC is in session by a Storm Lake Community School bus and driver. In addition we are now able to take students on field trips within the Storm Lake community to enhance the activities they are involved in, such as Buena Vista University, visiting the Watershed and grandfriends at Methodist Manor," says Donna Queen, the director of TLC.

TLC began in January, 1999 as a recipient of the U.S. Dept. of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. It was designed to provide a safe, academic and enriching environment for middle school students before and after school. The grant expired in December, 2002 and TLC has continued to provide much-needed services for students and their families with grants, such as Midwest Wireless and several others, along with donations and support from the Storm Lake Community School District. TLC currently serves 85 students afterschool three days per week providing homework help, reading and math tutoring, academically-based enrichment activities and recreation.

The Community Caring Program of Midwest Wireless provides resources to organizations and endeavors with unquestioned integrity that effectively improves the quality of life of the people served. Since the primary focus of the program is quality of life, projects and programs supported include primary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as scholarships at all post-secondary levels. In addition, community development and personal leadership development is also supported.

Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis and are considered only through the application process. Applications can be obtained at midwestwireless.com or by calling (507) 327-CARE.

Midwest Wireless is a leading regional wireless services provider based in Mankato, Minnesota. With more than 440,000 customers, the company serves an 85-county area in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa with its voice and data services. Considered a pioneer in providing the newest in technology to rural areas, Midwest Wireless offers wireless phone services, as well as mobile Internet access on phones and wireless devices and oneWave Broadband Phone Service, giving customers the ability to combine their wireless and traditional phone services. In select areas, the company also offers clearWave Broadband Internet services for homes and businesses. More information is available at midwestwireless.com.

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