Throughout November and December, Union Power Cooperative awarded close to $22,000 to 19 lucky educators in our service territory. These grants will impact 6,700 students over the next year.
On Tuesday, November 28, the Union Power prize patrol, assisted by Carolina Panthers player, Tyler Larsen, Kaelin Clay and mascot Sir Purr, presented a combined $374 to two teachers at Wingate Elementary during a surprise assembly. Teacher Teresa Higgins won a Bright Ideas grant for her “Light Up the Mind’s Eye!” project. The “Light Up the Mind’s Eye” project will impact the entire school teaching students to rely on their brains to create a better understanding of the world around them. Teacher Joya Wortham won her Bright Ideas grant, “My Sister’s Keeper”. This award will impact 3rd through 5th grade girls with mentoring services designed to teach them to reach for their dreams.
After the checks were presented to the Teachers, Carolina Panthers players spoke to students about working hard in school and answered questions from the students. The surprise event was part of a two-month long celebration of surprising teachers with awards to celebrate their innovation and creativity in the classroom.
The Co-op has funded more than $361,000 Bright Ideas grants since the program began in 1994. More than $10.9 million has been awarded by North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives to Tar Heel teachers statewide. The Bright Ideas program has reached well over 2.1 million students from across the state and has sponsored more than 10,400 projects in all subjects.
Bright Ideas grant applications can be submitted each year, and winning proposals are selected by a panel of judges through a competitive evaluation process. For more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit union-power.com/brightideas.