Four County

Bright Ideas Grant Program

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 $10.9 million in grant money to teachers throughout the state to sponsor more than 10,400 projects benefiting more than 2.1 million North Carolina students.

Since Bright Ideas originated in 1994, Four County has contributed more than $417,380 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.

2017-2018 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

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

Cape Fear Elementary

Stack it Up!


Chelsea Ash

Heide Trask HS

It’s Electric and More!


Karen McGowen

Pender High

Breaking Out!


David Knowles

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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