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LOCAL TEACHERS RECEIVE GRANTS FOR THEIR BRIGHT IDEAS

November 17th, 2016

Chinquapin Elementary's Britani Becher was surprised with a visit and a BI check from Four County. Chinquapin Elementary's Britani Becher was surprised with a visit and a BI check from Four County.

Four County EMC is honoring teachers and celebrating innovation in education this month by awarding $19,860 in Bright Ideas grants to 19 educators in Bladen, Duplin, Pender and Sampson counties. More than 3,500 students will participate in Bright Ideas projects funded by Four County EMC this year.

“The Bright Ideas grant winners are making a real difference for students,” 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.”

Winning grants include a variety of interesting projects this year, such as grant entitled, Ozobots to the Rescue. The goal is for the students to gain the opportunity to learn about coding, mapping skills and other advanced computer programming skills. This is only one example of the innovative, hands-on, classroom projects provided each year that would not otherwise be funded if it were not for the Bright Ideas education grant program.

Since the program began in 1994, Four County EMC has contributed more than $397,500 to local teachers. North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $10 million to teachers across the state for 9,800 projects in all subjects, benefiting more than 2 million North Carolina students.

 “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,” Johnson said.

A list of the teachers and projects is included in the chart below. 

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 2017.

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 32,500 members in Bladen, Duplin, Pender, Sampson, Columbus and Onslow counties.

 

2016 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):

2016 BLADEN COUNTY BRIGHT IDEAS EDUCATION GRANT WINNERS

Bright Ideas Grant Winner

School

Grant Name

County

Amount Awarded

Barbara Wilkins

Tar Heel Middle

Storybook for Friends

Bladen

$1,943

Whitney Hern

Elizabethtown Primary

The Art of Engineering

Bladen

$1,400

 

2016 DUPLIN COUNTY BRIGHT IDEAS EDUCATION GRANT WINNERS

Bright Ideas Grant Winner

School

Grant Name

County

Amount Awarded

Kimberly Brown

Wallace Elementary

MakerSpaces to Make Learning Fun

Duplin

$1,100

Christi Macleod

Chinquapin Elementary

Manipulate Me!

Duplin

$1,089

Britani Becher

Chinquapin Elementary

I Have to Read in Math?

Duplin

$1,000

 

2016 PENDER COUNTY BRIGHT IDEAS EDUCATION GRANT WINNERS

Bright Ideas Grant Winner

School

Grant Name

County

Amount Awarded

Chelsea Ash, Team Members: Mark Lewis and Daryl Martin

Heide Trask High

Simple Science

Pender

$307

Richard Kukor

Pender Early College High

Seawolves Take Flight!

Pender

$1,290

Jared Pinkston, Team Member: Thomas Herren

Pender High

Motor to Inspire and Engage, PHS EV Team

Pender

$1,233

Douglas Lloyd, Team Members: Michelle Hafey, Elaine Linke and Elizabeth Roberson

Penderlea 

3-D S.T.E.A.M. at Penderlea

Pender

$1,500

Jessica Croson,Team Member: Jessica Ball & Jacqueline Parker

Heide Trask  High

Microscopy Mania

Pender

$318

Melissa Jackson

Burgaw Elementary

Ecotower

Pender

$463

Matt Davis

Pender High

AP Calculus in Motion

Pender

$150

 

 2016 SAMPSON COUNTY BRIGHT IDEAS EDUCATION GRANT WINNERS

Bright Ideas Grant Winner

School

Grant Name

County

Amount Awarded

Don Chabot

Union High

Truly Tabled Without Shop Tables

Sampson

$1,842

Alyssa Neimeyer

Union High

Synergizing Science

Sampson

$1,850

Kimberly Bowles

Harrells Christian Academy

Ozobots to the Rescue

Sampson

$714

Mary Malpass

Union Elementary

Parents and Art: Pieces of the School Puzzle

Sampson

$764

Amy Leatherwood

Union Intermediate

Virtually Unstoppable

Sampson

$1,598

Catherine Bell

Union Elementary

Stability Ball

Sampson

$770

Jason Rinka

Union High

Going Digital with E-Portfolios

Sampson

$529


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