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Local Teachers Receive Grants for their Bright Ideas

November 7th, 2017

Amy Blessing- Malpass Corner Elementary receives grant from Four County. Amy Blessing- Malpass Corner Elementary receives grant 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 21 educators in Bladen, Duplin, Pender and Sampson counties. More than 4,200 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.”

Since the program began in 1994, Four County EMC has contributed more than $417,380 to local teachers. North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $10.9 million to teachers across the state for 10,400 projects in all subjects, benefiting more than 2.1 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.

Winning grants include a variety of interesting projects this year. 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 2018.

To find out more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit or the Bright Ideas website at 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.

Bladen County

Bright Ideas    Grant Winner


Grant Title


Melanie Wohlford

Elizabethtown Primary

MaKey MaKey Music


Whitney Hern

Elizabethtown Primary

Baking Beacons


Ron Warren

East Bladen HS

Rotoscoped Self-Portrait


Duplin County

Bright Ideas Grant Winner


Grant Title


Julie Davis

Wallace-Rose Hill HS

Locked in the Library


Anne Haugh

Chinquapin Elementary

The Power of Positive Statements


Britani Becher

Chinquapin Elementary

Lego Learning


Pender County

Bright Ideas    Grant Winner


Grant Title


Chris Wirszyla, Team Member: Kelly Linville

Cape Fear Elementary

Stack it Up!


Chelsea Ash, Team Member: Mark Lewis

Heide Trask HS

It’s Electric and More!


Karen McGowen

Pender High

Breaking Out!


David Knowles, Team Member: Jared Pinkston

Pender High

Start a Maker Space with a CNC Router


Linda Smith

Penderlea School

Breakout Brain Blast


Amy Blessing

Malpass Corner Elementary

Outdoor Learning – Connecting Kids with Nature


Stephen Christian

Pender High

Game Design Club


Jessica Croson

Heide Trask HS

Body Parts From all Angles


Jared Pinkston

Pender High

Power Up Robotics with Team PHEnix


Sampson County

Bright Ideas    Grant Winner


Grant Title


Dan Chabot

Union HS

The Real O.C.


Jennifer Li Wong

Union Middle

Pi-rate Puzzle Solver


Janet Taylor

Union Middle

Unlock Learning


Caren Long

Union Intermediate

Raspberry Pi A’ La Weather


Regina Sturgill-Dyer

Union Middle

Bounce and Build


Sandra Peterson

Union Intermediate

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


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