Bright Ideas Grants

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.



2019/2020 Bright Idea Winners

School NameProject NameTeacherGrant
A. T. Allen ElementaryBreaking Out Through Critical Thinking and CommunicationBonnie Robinson$858
Bethel ElementaryBuild and Code Botzees!Tomarra Londeree$1,000
Bethel ElementaryA Happily Ever STEM Tale Heather Shulman$1,445
Carl A. Furr ElementaryComics Make Student Writing Come to LifeSusan Foulks$79
Central Cabarrus HighOpening Minds with an Open Heart: Multiculturalism & Diversity in the LibraryDana L Ramseur$1,000
Mount Pleasant HighReaching Reluctant Readers Through Graphic NovelsJulie Stephenson$1,000
R. Brown McAllister STEM ElementarySTEMulating learning with Google Expeditions!Carmen Money$1,965
Weddington Hills ElementaryButterfly in the sky– I can fly twice as high!Kate Highsmith$905
Winecoff ElementaryRacing with Ollie and SpheroLara Cabaniss$1,990
Socrates AcademySocrates Academy STEAM Learning Commons ConversionJanice Soucey & Sandra Brighton$726
Cuthbertson HighExploring Renewable EnergyJennifer Fogle$1,525
Socrates AcademySocrates Academy STEAM Learning Commons ConversionJanice Soucey & Sandra Brighton$726
Cuthbertson HighExploring Renewable EnergyJennifer Fogle$1,525
Marshville ElementaryViaje Virtual Windows to the WorldKerri Edwards$1,010
Parkwood MiddleWho Turned on The Lights?Pamela M Johnson$850
Rocky River Elementary (Monroe)Meteorologists of the Future Adam Haas$1,905
Shiloh Valley PrimaryOh the places you’ll growLouise Glover, Juanita Foreman, & Carolyn Durham$800
Union ElementaryPics and PensAngela Keels Hill$1,135
Wingate ElementaryThe Secret to SuccessHeidi Bergs, Lindsey Gaudet, Jennifer Tracy, & Stephanie Montenaro$475
Wolfe SchoolPre-Vocational PreparednessKaryn Vose & Beth Watson$1,290