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June 7th, 2017

Teachers who apply for a Bright Ideas education grant by Aug. 15 can win funding for classroom projects and qualify to win an extra $100. Four County EMC, along with electric cooperatives across the state, are accepting applications for Bright Ideas grants for creative, classroom-based learning projects. The final deadline to apply is September 18. However, teachers who submit a completed application by the early-bird deadline of Aug. 15 will be entered to win one of five $100 gift cards.

 “We are proud to support educators whose hard work, dedication and enthusiasm impact the lives of so many young people,” said Gay Johnson, Director of Corporate Communications at Four County EMC. “Every year we are blown away by our local educators’ ideas to bring learning to life in the classroom, and with Bright Ideas grants and the early-bird prizes, we’re excited to offer something in return. We encourage all interested teachers to submit an application by Tuesday, Aug. 15 for a chance to win an extra $100.”

Teachers can apply for Bright Ideas grants of up to $2,000, which is part of more than $600,000 in Bright Ideas funding that will be awarded to teachers statewide during the upcoming school year.

The application, grant-writing tips and more information about the Bright Ideas education grant program can be found at Classroom teachers at qualifying schools in Bladen, Duplin, Pender and Sampson counties can apply individually or as a team for Four County EMC grants. Last year, Four County EMC awarded $19,860 to fund 23 projects at 14 schools. 

For more than 20 years, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have supported teachers and students with Bright Ideas grants. Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have awarded more than $10.9 million in Bright Ideas grants funding for more than 10,400 projects benefitting 2.1 million students.

“Four County EMC is dedicated to supporting education in our communities,” Johnson said. “We believe there is no better way to foster new learning opportunities for our future leaders than by empowering teachers.”

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives power the lives of 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties. The Bright Ideas education grant program is an example of the electric cooperatives’ commitment to community and education.

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

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