Four County

Bright Ideas Grant Program

Four County is always looking for ways to help improve the communities we serve. That’s why we participate in NC Bright Ideas. This grant-awarding program is a unique opportunity for local teachers to receive up to $2,000 for innovative teaching ideas.

Co-sponsored by the N.C. Association of Electric Cooperatives, the grants are available to teachers in area schools for projects that traditional school money does not cover. All of North Carolina's 26 electric Cooperatives participate in the program and to date, the Bright Ideas grant program has awarded more than $12.2 million in grant money to teachers throughout the state to sponsor more than 11,700 projects benefiting more than 2.3 million North Carolina students.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bright Ideas Education Grant program. Since Bright Ideas originated in 1994, Four County has contributed more than $435,888 to local teachers.

Bright Ideas grant applications will be accepted April 1 through Sept. 23 and winning proposals are selected in a competitive evaluation process by a panel of judges. North Carolina K-12 teachers may apply now at www.ncbrightideas.comTeachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of Aug. 15 will be entered to win one of five $100 visa gift cards.

Four County EMC serves over 32,500 members in Bladen, Duplin, Pender, Sampson, Columbus and Onslow counties.

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If you have questions about Four County EMC's Bright Ideas Grant program contact Gay Johnson at or call (910) 259-1834 for more information.

2018-2019 Bright Ideas Grant Winners

2018-2019 Bright Ideas Grant Winners
2018-2019 Bright Ideas Grant Winners

The winning teachers are listed by respective county, along with the amount of funds they received (listed in order of teacher who submitted grant, school, project name and the amount awarded):


Bladen County



Grant Title


Ron Warren

East Bladen High

Pendulum Design Painting


Dana Mills

West Bladen High

West Bladen Arboretum



Sabrina Sasser

Dublin Elementary

Lego Land! STEM Activities Develop Character and Communication Skills in 21st Century Learners


Duplin County




Grant Title


Britani Becher

Chinquapin Elementary

Force and Motion Fridays


Rebecca Brown

Chinquapin Elementary

Baffling Lock Quandary



Shanique M. Sewer

Rose Hill-Magnolia Elementary

Math + Art = STEAM


Sulnora S. Oluyemi

Wallace Elementary

Mud is Magnificent


Pender County



Grant Title


Chris Wirszyla

Cape Fear Elementary

I Screen, You Screen, We All Screen, For Green Screen


Elaine Linke


Middle School Microscopes


Jared Pinkston

Pender High

Bring Pender County Robotics to Deep Space


Tara Hulsey

Cape Fear Middle

Nitty Gritty Science


Jessica Croson

Heide Trask HS

Digging for Answers


Sampson County



Grant Title


Dan Chabot

Union HS

Best in Show


Caren Long

Union Intermediate

Science is SEW Electrifying!


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