Piedmont Electric Awards $49,000 in Grants to Local Educators for Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas Winners at Woodland Elementary
Woodland Elementary School teachers in Person County received funding for their innovative classroom projects from the Bright Ideas education grant program.
Hillsborough, NC (October 23, 2019) – Piedmont Electric awarded $49,489 in Bright Ideas education grants to 38 teachers to fund engaging classroom learning projects that will impact more than 8,300 students at schools in Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Orange and Person counties.
Since 1994, Piedmont Electric’s Bright Ideas education grant program has contributed more than $500,000 to local teachers for creative classroom projects.
“We are proud to support these innovative learning initiatives through the Bright Ideas program each year,” said Steve Hamlin, President & CEO of Piedmont Electric. “These experiences can make a positive difference in students’ lives.”
Piedmont Electric is one of 26 member-owned electric cooperatives in the state offering Bright Ideas grants to local educators. The funding for Piedmont Electric’s Bright Ideas education grants comes from the Piedmont Electric Helping Hand Foundation. Altogether, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives will award teachers statewide close to $600,000 in Bright Ideas education grants this year.
Bright Ideas grant applications are collected each year through from April through the beginning of September, and winning proposals are selected in a competitive evaluation process by a panel of external judges. The application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2020.
To find out more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit www.ncbrightideas.com.

Grant Writer(s) Grant Name School County
Casey Thompson CGS Growing Minds Project Clover Garden Alamance
Kimberly J Griffis Discovering the Joy of Writing Eastlawn Elementary Alamance
Stacy B Noell Simulation Station Eastern Alamance Hi Alamance
Amanda Haney Making a Difference Oakwood Elementary Caswell
Mauriah Smith Masterful Makers North Elementary – Providence Caswell
Logan Webb, Julie Ross Escaping Ordinary Lessons with Breakout EDU Boxes Stoney Creek Elementary Caswell
Samantha Crews Readers for Reluctant Readers Stoney Creek Elementary Caswell
Sandra Goodwin, Matthew Jones, Amy Beebe ABC – 123 – C.O.D.E Mangum Elementary Durham
Cheryl Michalec Mobile Outdoor Classroom Sandy Ridge Visual and Performing Arts Elementary Durham
Lena Deskins Creating an Office of Innovation Sandy Ridge Visual and Performing Arts Elementary Durham
Douglas Price, Carrie Miller Community Garden Greenhouse Voyager Academy Durham
Joseph D Sharp, Julianne Mertz, Steve Kirby, Kimberly Clark, Alex Petercuskie Archaeological Excavation Lab Expansion A L Stanback Middle Orange
Melissa Barnhouse We Like Big Books and We Can Not Lie A L Stanback Middle Orange
Jenni Scoggin, Abby Kennedy Friends Beekeeper Project – Part 2 Carolina Friends School Orange
Michelle Reed, Christina Clark, Kelly Monroe-Porvo No More Boring Books!: Book Clubs for Compassion and Real Life Heroes and The Search For Compassion Cedar Ridge High School Orange
Selena L Masse Making Historical Connections by Infusing STEM and Literacy in Social Studies Charles Stanford Middle Orange
Lindsey Halas, Nick Winstead, Tyson Hallet, Jamie East, Jeannie Pfautz Connecting Readers and Writers Across State Lines East Chapel Hill High Orange
Christie Williams Help Save Our Seas Grady Brown Elementary Orange
Jennifer Carson, Anthony Folden, Kelly Lazarus, Whitney Williams, Ashlie Hobson, Shannon Floyd, Teresa Touchette Picture-Perfect Science and STEM Grady Brown Elementary Orange
Kelly Lazarus The Power of STEAM Play in Academics Grady Brown Elementary Orange
Jillian Grimm Harness the Energy Guy Phillips Middle School Orange
Andrea Perrone Drumming up a Global Perspective New Hope Elementary Orange
Cassidy Milosh Cooking Up Some Confidence New Hope Elementary Orange
Cheryl Mitchell Math through Robotics New Hope Elementary Orange
Holli Wallace, Abby Kennedy Blast Off Sensory Path! New Hope Elementary Orange
Laura Holmes, Lauren Maher Exceptional Espresso Coffee Cart!! Orange Senior High Orange
Sarah S. Wilson Google Jamboard for World Language Orange Senior High Orange
Kelly Sears, Katie Williams, Regina Baratta Exploring Science with Virtual Tours R.D. and Euzelle P. Smith Middle School Orange
Susan Hess Drawing Challenge for Youth Art Month Helena Elementary Person
Shelly Nance Uniting students with music! Northern Middle Person
Julie Goodwin Guided Instruction to Guide Tomorrow’s Leaders Oak Lane Elementary Person
David B Jones HOOKED-UP 4 SAFETY Person High Person
Ashley M Bailey Building Proteins, Engaging Learners Roxboro Community School Person
Tabitha Faulkner Comfort While Composing Stories Creek Elementary Person
Amanda Bedo Ozobots Assemble Woodland Elementary Person
Jennifer Davis, Angie Hungate Extra, Extra, Read All About It! Woodland Elementary Person
Richard Hughes Moving with Makey Makey – An Adventure in Inventing in Physical Education Woodland Elementary Person
Sabrina Crumpton Simply Reading Woodland Elementary Person


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