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 $10.9 million in grant money to teachers throughout the state to sponsor more than 10,400 projects benefiting more than 2.1 million North Carolina students.

Since Bright Ideas originated in 1994, Four County has contributed more than $417,380 to local teachers.

Bright Ideas grant applications are collected each year through mid-September, 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.com.

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

Like Four County's Facebook page "Four County Electric Membership Corporation" to receive local updates. Also, you can follow "Bright Ideas Education Grant Program" on Facebook to receive updated news about the program. 

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


2017-2018 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

Bright Ideas    Grant Winner

School

Grant Title

Amount

Melanie Wohlford

Elizabethtown Primary

MaKey MaKey Music

$1,190

Whitney Hern

Elizabethtown Primary

Baking Beacons

$1,080

Ron Warren

East Bladen HS

Rotoscoped Self-Portrait

$1,900


Duplin County

Bright Ideas Grant Winner

School

Grant Title

Amount

Julie Davis

Wallace-Rose Hill HS

Locked in the Library

$1,250

Anne Haugh

Chinquapin Elementary

The Power of Positive Statements

$261

Britani Becher

Chinquapin Elementary

Lego Learning

$955


Pender County

Bright Ideas    Grant Winner

School

Grant Title

Amount

Chris Wirszyla

Cape Fear Elementary

Stack it Up!

$940

Chelsea Ash

Heide Trask HS

It’s Electric and More!

$626

Karen McGowen

Pender High

Breaking Out!

$750

David Knowles

Pender High

Start a Maker Space with a CNC Router

$2,000

Linda Smith

Penderlea School

Breakout Brain Blast

$635

Amy Blessing

Malpass Corner Elementary

Outdoor Learning – Connecting Kids with Nature

$1,611

Stephen Christian

Pender High

Game Design Club

$500

Jessica Croson

Heide Trask HS

Body Parts From all Angles

$357

Jared Pinkston

Pender High

Power Up Robotics with Team PHEnix

$491


Sampson County

Bright Ideas    Grant Winner

School

Grant Title

Amount

Dan Chabot

Union HS

The Real O.C.

$2,000

Jennifer Li Wong

Union Middle

Pi-rate Puzzle Solver

$117

Janet Taylor

Union Middle

Unlock Learning

$500

Caren Long

Union Intermediate

Raspberry Pi A’ La Weather

$587

Regina Sturgill-Dyer

Union Middle

Bounce and Build

$510

Sandra Peterson

Union Intermediate

Learning Around the World in 180 Days with a Book and an Hug

$1,600



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