Four County

Bright Ideas Grant Program

2015 Pender High School Bright Ideas grant recipients were surprised with a check from Four County.
2015 Pender High School Bright Ideas grant recipients were surprised with a check from Four County.

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 $10.2 million in grant money to teachers throughout the state to sponsor more than 9,800 projects benefiting more than 2 million North Carolina students.

Since Bright Ideas orginated in 1994, Four County has contributed more than $397,520 to local teachers. In 2015, we received a record number of applications and funded 22 projects totaling $19,860. 

All certified elementary, middle and high school teachers in the Four County EMC service area are eligible to apply. Simply fill out an application available at www.ncbrightideas.com, detailing your unique teaching project and how it will affect students. Applications will be accepted April 1 through September 23, 2016.

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If you have questions about Four County EMC's Bright Ideas Grant program contact Gay Johnson at gayjohnson@fourcty.org or call (910) 259-1834 for more information.


2015 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 amount awarded):

2015 BLADEN COUNTY BRIGHT IDEAS EDUCATION GRANT WINNERS

Bright Ideas Grant Winner

School

Grant Name

County

Amount Awarded

Teresa Wiles

Clarkton School of Discovery

North Carolina Legends: Treasures in Our Own Backyard!

Bladen

$1,639.64

Shanna Harrelson Team Member: Amy Schumacher

West Bladen High School

Integration of Honors Science and EC Adaptive Students, Cooperative Learning at its Best and Most Tactile

Bladen

$1,315.00

 


2015 DUPLIN COUNTY BRIGHT IDEAS EDUCATION GRANT WINNERS

Bright Ideas Grant Winner

School

Grant Name

County

Amount Awarded

Sulnora Spencer Oluyemi

Charity Middle School

Steming the Arts…It’s in our DNA…Designing our Deoxyribonucleic Acid!

Duplin

$1,080.55

Marcy Vallance

Wallace Elementary

Ecstatic about Energy

Duplin

$992.91

Jeremy Jacobsen, Team Member: Jessica Jacobsen

Wallace Elementary

The Mighty Bull Pup Band

Duplin

$1,000.00

Jessica Barba

Wallace Elementary

Lego Robotics: Ms. Barba’s Class Kicks Up a Mind Storm

Duplin

$1,519.64

Brett Lanier

Chinquapin Elementary

FUN-OLOGY! The Study of Making Science Education FUN!

Duplin

$1,000.00


2015 PENDER COUNTY BRIGHT IDEAS EDUCATION GRANT WINNERS

Bright Ideas Grant Winner

School

Grant Name

County

Amount Awarded

Chris Wirszyla

Cape Fear Elementary

WLPP-We Love Ping Pong!

Pender

$484.20

 Chelsea Ash

Heide Trask High

It’s All About that Motion!

Pender

$245.09

Allen Stevens, Team Members: Justin Rojas, Jared Pinkston

Pender High

Game Design Club

Pender

$500.00

Audrey Stewart

Pender High

Project STEAM Ahead

Pender

$1,000.00

Thomas Herren, Team Member: Jared Pinkston

Pender High

Electric Vehicle Challenge Start-Up

Pender

$1,156.49

Thelma Annette Johnson

Pender High

3D Printing and Product Design

Pender

$1,156.48

Richard M. Kukor

Pender Early College High School

Rounding Out the Sea Wolves

Pender

$1,390.00

Ann Dees

Burgaw Elementary

Tooting Recorders

Pender

$341.46


2015 SAMPSON COUNTY BRIGHT IDEAS EDUCATION GRANT WINNERS

Bright Ideas Grant Winner

School

Grant Name

County

Amount Awarded

Amber Rinka

Union High

Getting Fired Up for Collaboration and Reading Success

Sampson

$500.00

Melanie Wrampe Team Members: Julie Stanley, Leigh Hairr

Union Intermediate

Bringing the Outside In

Sampson

$800.00

Nikki Wood    Team Member:  Janet Taylor

Union Middle School

On a “Quest” for Interested Readers

Sampson

$951.77

Dee Cannady

Harrells Christian Academy

Robo Physics

Sampson

$1,090.00

Marcie Kelly    Team Member: Stephanie Woodcock

Union High

OSMO-Accessory to Learning

Sampson

$256.77

Amy Pope

Union Elementary

OSMO-Optimizing Select Methods of Optical—Learning

Sampson

$720.00

Shannon Jones

Union Elementary

A Magical Adventure Where Letters Make Words!

Sampson

$720.00



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