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Local Teachers Receive Grants for their Bright Ideas

November 15th, 2018

Dan Chabot teacher at Union High received a grant for his project, “Best in Show.” Dan Chabot teacher at Union High received a grant for his project, “Best in Show.”

Four County EMC is honoring teachers and celebrating innovation in education this month by awarding Bright Ideas grants to educators in Bladen, Duplin, Pender and Sampson counties. The education grants will fund engaging classroom learning projects that will benefit more than 3,000 students who will participate in the Bright Ideas projects funded by Four County.

“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.”

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):

In total, Four County EMC awarded over $18,500 to 14 teachers in Bladen, Duplin, Pender and Sampson counties this year. Four County EMC has contributed more than $435,500 to local teachers through the Bright Ideas program since the program began in 1994.

“North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively awarded more than $11.5 million for approximately 11,000 projects benefitting more than 2.2 million students in our state over the past 24 years.  “Education is key in building and maintaining strong communities. At Four County EMC, we are proud to support the communities we serve by supporting the educators who shape our future leaders,” added Johnson.

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 2019. North Carolina K-12 teachers may learn more at www.ncbrightideas.com.

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

 Bladen County

Teacher

School

Grant Title

Amount

Ron Warren

East Bladen High

Pendulum Design Painting

$1,950

Dana Mills

West Bladen High

West Bladen Arboretum

$2,000

Sabrina Sasser

Dublin Elementary

Lego Land! STEM Activities Develop Character and Communication Skills in 21st Century Learners

$1,235

Duplin County

Teacher

School

Grant Title

Amount

Britani Becher

Chinquapin Elementary

Force and Motion Fridays

$1,056

Rebecca Brown

Chinquapin Elementary

Baffling Lock Quandary

$741

Shanique M. Sewer

Rose Hill-Magnolia Elementary

Math + Art = STEAM

$1,891

Sulnora S. Oluyemi

Wallace Elementary

Mud is Magnificent

$1,415

Pender County

Teacher

School

Grant Title

Amount

Chris Wirszyla

Cape Fear Elementary

I Screen, You Screen, We All Screen, For Green Screen

$1,285

Elaine Linke

Penderlea

Middle School Microscopes

$925

Jared Pinkston

Pender High

Bring Pender County Robotics to Deep Space

$2,000

Tara Hulsey

Cape Fear Middle

Nitty Gritty Science

$840

Jessica Croson

Heide Trask HS

Digging for Answers

$714

Sampson County

Teacher

School

Grant Title

Amount

Dan Chabot

Union HS

Best in Show

$2,000

Caren Long

Union Intermediate

Science is SEW Electrifying!

$456


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