Bright Ideas Educational Grants

Four County is always looking for ways to help improve the communities we serve. That’s why we participate in NC Bright Ideas. This grant-awarding program is a unique opportunity for local teachers to receive up to $2,000 for innovative teaching ideas.

Co-sponsored by the N.C. Association of Electric Cooperatives, the grants are available to teachers in area schools for projects that traditional school money does not cover. All of North Carolina’s 26 electric Cooperatives participate in the program and to date, the Bright Ideas grant program has awarded more than $11.5 million in grant money to teachers throughout the state to sponsor more than 11,000 projects benefiting more than 2.2 million North Carolina students.Since Bright Ideas originated in 1994, Four County has contributed more than $435,888 to local teachers.

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. North Carolina K-12 teachers may apply now at

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

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If you have questions about Four County EMC’s Bright Ideas Grant program contact Gay Johnson at or call 910-259-1834 for more information.

2018-2019 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 the amount awarded):

Bladen County

  • 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 21stCentury Learners – $1,235

Duplin County

  • 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

  • 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

  • Dan Chabot – Union HS – Best in Show – $2,000
  • Caren Long – Union Intermediate – Science is SEW Electrifying! – $456

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