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AWARDS FROM FOUR COUNTY EMC MAKE DAYS BRIGHT FOR LOCAL TEACHERS

November 4th, 2014

Union Elementary students are excited that their teacher, Candace Bizzell is a grant winner. Union Elementary students are excited that their teacher, Candace Bizzell is a grant winner.

County EMC is honoring teachers and celebrating innovation in education this month by awarding $19,666 in Bright Ideas grants to educators in Bladen, Duplin, Pender and Sampson counties. The grants will fund 23 projects that will touch the lives of more than 6,000 local students.

“The Bright Ideas grant program helps teachers finance creative projects to benefit  North Carolina's youth,” said Gay Johnson, Director of Corporate Communications of Four County EMC. “Their creative projects will no doubt help students reach their full potential and spark higher interest in learning for years to come.”

Bright Ideas education grants, sponsored by Four County EMC and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, provide resources to Tar Heel teachers for innovative, hands-on, classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded.

“Four County is committed to bettering the communities we serve, and we believe there is no better way than through the education of our youth,” Gay Johnson said.

Four County EMC and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives will honor grant-winning teachers on Friday, Nov. 21 at the 12th annual Touchstone Energy Bright Ideas education grant awards luncheon at the Dail Club at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.

Since the program began in 1994, Four County EMC has contributed more than $357,800 to local teachers. North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $9.1 million to teachers across the state for 8,800 projects in all subjects, benefiting more than 1.6 million North Carolina students .

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. The application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2015.

To find out more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit http://www.fourcty.org/  or the Bright Ideas website at http://www.ncbrightideas.com/). Like Four County’s Facebook page “Four County Electric Membership Corporation” to receive local updates or become a fan of “Bright Ideas Education” on Facebook to receive regularly updated news about the program. 

Four County EMC serves over 32,000 members in Bladen, Duplin, Pender, Sampson, Columbus and Onslow counties.

Congratulations 2014-2015 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 amount awarded):

2014 BLADEN COUNTY BRIGHT IDEAS EDUCATION GRANT WINNERS

Bright Ideas Grant Winner

School

Grant Name

County

Amount Awarded

Teresa Wiles

Clarkton School of Discovery

Service with a Smile

Bladen

$880

Becky Kendall

Elizabethtown Middle School

Literacy and Technology in Play with Visual Arts

Bladen

$1,403

Barbara Tatum, Jeff Atkinson, Herman Lewis, Sam Boger

Clarkton School of Discovery

Stay Alive-Think and Drive

Bladen

1,413

2014 DUPLIN COUNTY BRIGHT IDEAS EDUCATION GRANT WINNERS

Bright Ideas Grant Winner

School

Grant Name

County

Amount Awarded

Sulnora Spencer Oluyemi

Charity Middle School

Is It Math? Is It Art? It’s Both? Weaving Ratios

Duplin

$800

LaTerri Underwood, Betty Powell

Wallace-Rose Hill High School

Honeybee Habitat

Duplin

$710

Illana Livstrom

Charity Middle School

A Journey Under the Microscope

Duplin

$950

2014 PENDER COUNTY BRIGHT IDEAS EDUCATION GRANT WINNERS

Bright Ideas Grant Winner

School

Grant Name

County

Amount Awarded

Sara Toothman, Kimberly Borer

West Pender Middle

Fabricating Fabulous Biomes: An Interactive Art and Science Collaboration

Pender

$700

Rochelle Whiteside, Ritter, McGowen, A. Davis, Funderburk, Taylor, Caperton, D. Knowles, C. Knowles, Lacombe, Cromartie, Huffstetler, Owens, D. LaFon

Pender High

“I Am From…”

Pender

$1,079

Jared Pinkston, Jamie Ann La Londe Pinkston

Pender High School

Activating Class Participation through Self-Assessment with Real Time Feedback

Pender

$1,200

Chris Wirszyla, Jeanette Landes

Cape Fear Elementary

Sustainability of the School Garden Center

Pender

$833

Chelsea Coleman, Daryl Martin

Heidi Trask High School

What goes up, must come down

Pender

$266

Jessica Croson, Jessica Ball, William Mercier, Suzanne Timmons

Heide Trask High School

Sky High

Pender

$240

Suzanna Bolin, Melinda Neil

Burgaw Elementary School

BES Memory Lab

Pender

$1,110

Marie Radcliff, Cheryl Cain, Melissa Chinn 

 Cape Fear Elementary We will Survive Pender $800

Connie Ives

Burgaw Elementary

BES Live News

Pender

$671

  

2014 SAMPSON COUNTY BRIGHT IDEAS EDUCATION GRANT WINNERS

Bright Ideas Grant Winner

School

Grant Name

County

Amount Awarded

Candace Bizzell

Union Elementary

Jammin’ in the Gym

Sampson

$250

Leigha Kerwin

Union Middle School

How’s the Water?

Sampson

$819

Leslie Matthis

Union Middle School

Watch it Spread!

Sampson

$1,152

Angelique Young

Union Middle School

Grass to Gas

Sampson

$394

Janet Taylor

Union Middle School

Reaching Reluctant Readers

Sampson

$400

Arno Peterson, Johnny Williams, Christy Moore

Union High School

Dusty Rose

Sampson

$1,239

Dinah Monk  

Union High School

We’re Cleaning Up Our Act

Sampson

$1,757

Jayne Green

Harrells Christian Academy

Turn It Up with Turnitin.com

Sampson

$600

     

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