Bright Ideas Grants

Bright Ideas Education Grants

The application period for the 2019-2020 school year is closed. 

For more information: Email Carrie Stroud, or call 704-220-0714.

Educators with creative ideas for hands-on classroom projects are encouraged to apply for a grant starting on April 1, each year. The deadline to submit an application is in September. Educators may submit multiple grants during one given year. Grants are awarded each year in November for projects in all grade levels and for disciplines, including math, science, language, art, English, and history. 

Bright Ideas grants provide funding for innovative, classroom-based projects that would otherwise not be possible. Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have worked to enhance education by engaging students in meaningful learning projects that encourage creative approaches. In the past two decades, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have contributed more than $12.2 million to teachers for 11,600 projects benefiting more than 2.3 million students. Below are our 2019/2020 Bright Idea winners.

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2019/2020 Bright Idea Winners
School Name
Project Name
Teacher
Grant
A. T. Allen Elementary Breaking Out Through Critical Thinking and Communication Bonnie Robinson $858
Bethel Elementary Build and Code Botzees! Tomarra Londeree $1,000
Bethel Elementary A Happily Ever STEM Tale  Heather Shulman $1,445
Carl A. Furr Elementary Comics Make Student Writing Come to Life Susan Foulks $79
Central Cabarrus High Opening Minds with an Open Heart: Multiculturalism & Diversity in the Library Dana L Ramseur $1,000
Mount Pleasant High Reaching Reluctant Readers Through Graphic Novels Julie Stephenson $1,000
R. Brown McAllister STEM Elementary STEMulating learning with Google Expeditions! Carmen Money $1,965
Weddington Hills Elementary Butterfly in the sky– I can fly twice as high! Kate Highsmith $905
Winecoff Elementary Racing with Ollie and Sphero Lara Cabaniss $1,990
Socrates Academy Socrates Academy STEAM Learning Commons Conversion Janice Soucey & Sandra Brighton $726
Cuthbertson High Exploring Renewable Energy Jennifer Fogle $1,525
Socrates Academy Socrates Academy STEAM Learning Commons Conversion Janice Soucey & Sandra Brighton $726
Cuthbertson High Exploring Renewable Energy Jennifer Fogle $1,525
Marshville Elementary Viaje Virtual Windows to the World Kerri Edwards $1,010
Parkwood Middle Who Turned on The Lights? Pamela M Johnson $850
Rocky River Elementary (Monroe) Meteorologists of the Future  Adam Haas $1,905
Shiloh Valley Primary Oh the places you’ll grow Louise Glover, Juanita Foreman, & Carolyn Durham $800
Union Elementary Pics and Pens Angela Keels Hill $1,135
Wingate Elementary The Secret to Success Heidi Bergs, Lindsey Gaudet, Jennifer Tracy, & Stephanie Montenaro $475
Wolfe School Pre-Vocational Preparedness Karyn Vose & Beth Watson $1,290