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Seymour Middle wins grand prize of $150K in U.S. Cellular campaign

5:00 PM, Nov 1, 2012   |    comments
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An East Tennessee middle school is celebrating a big gift, thanks to community support.

Seymour Middle School won $150,000 as the grand prize in U.S. Cellular's Calling All Communities campaign.

It's the third straight year that a Seymour school has taken home the top prize in the online voting contest. Seymour Primary won $150,000 last year, and Seymour High brought home $100,000 in 2010.

School leaders say the community comes together to make it happen.

"We're just a little rural community that love and appreciate and respect each other. So we just band together and it takes a lot of hard work," said Seymour Middle's principal Dr. Faye Nelson.

The school plans to use the money to purchase new computer and band instruments, and fund accelerated reading initiatives and professional development for teachers.

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