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

Hillsborough, NC – Piedmont Electric awarded $49,616 in Bright Ideas Education grants to 34 teachers to fund engaging classroom learning projects. More than 8,700 students at schools in Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Orange and Person counties will be impacted by these innovative classroom projects.
“Educators who win Bright Ideas grants are going above and beyond for their students,” said Steve Hamlin, President & CEO of Piedmont Electric. “We’re excited to support their innovative and creative learning initiatives through the Bright Ideas program each year.”
Since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994, Piedmont Electric has contributed more than $460,000 to local teachers. “Investing in the education of our youth and future leaders is a major part of Piedmont Electric’s commitment to the communities we serve,” Hamlin said.
Piedmont Electric is one of 26 member-owned electric cooperatives in the state offering Bright Ideas grants to local educators. Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $11.5 million to Tar Heel teachers. The Bright Ideas program has reached well over 2.2 million North Carolina students and sponsored more than 11,000 projects in all subjects including math, reading, science and technology, history, music and the arts.
Bright Ideas grant applications are collected each year through mid-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 2019. To find out more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit www.ncbrightideas.com

2018 Bright Ideas Education Grant Winners:

Contact Name

Grant Name


# of Students Impacted

 Amount Awarded

Amanda Haney On a Roll Oakwood Elementary 180  $1,799.99
Angel Fox Brain, Body and Hearts Alive! Helena Elementary 24  $375.00
Ashley Bailey Modeling our cells, sharpening our minds! Roxboro Community School 100  $1,000.00
David Jones Heads Up Display Person High 120  $1,332.72
Elen Wilkinson Mini-Makerspace A.L. Stanback Middle 100  $751.39
Elizabeth Sinnott Manipulating Movement: A PBL To Teach Force and Motion South Elementary 50  $1,358.81
Partnership Academy Alternative Trout in the Classroom Partnership Academy Alternative 45  $1,260.00
Heather F Bowes Energized Coding A.L. Stanback Middle 110  $1,369.90
Heather Rogers Growing Learners North End Elementary 35  $1,951.29
Henry Walker Energy Made Real Carolina Friends School 450  $2,000.00
Jenni Scoggin Friends Beekeeper Project Carolina Friends School 260  $1,315.94
Karen Clark A Light On Our Path – Energy Awareness Project Immaculata Catholic 532  $1,500.00
Kelly Sears and Cara Parsons Citizen Scientists Unite! R.D. and Euzelle P. Smith Middle School 289  $1,559.30
Kimberly Clark Micro Curiosities A.L. Stanback Middle 650  $379.05
Kimberly Griffis Children as Authors Eastlawn Elementary 35  $810.00
Kristie  Mabry Mission- Makerspace! A.L. Stanback Middle 660  $1,844.00
Kristy Horner “WeDo” STEAM Bethel Hill Charter 394  $1,899.50
Lena Deskins Increasing Campus Biodiversity with Citizen Science Sandy Ridge Visual and Performing Arts Elementary 320  $1,984.00
Lisa Volaric Inquiry Driven Experimentation in Core Science Classes Cedar Ridge High School 600  $2,000.00
Lorelei Soli Calcs for Class Roxboro Community School 400  $1,000.00
Marsha Absher Reading Wow Factor A.L. Stanback Middle 105  $300.00
Meredith Stephens Producing a Legacy Orange Senior High 1300  $2,000.00
Michael Lester Weather Station for GHMS Gravelly Hill Middle 157  $1,489.75
Michelle Sondles Virtual Reality Trip to Space Hawfields Middle School 225  $1,979.84
Micki Powell Let’s Get It Started Person Early College for Innovation & Leadership 150  $1,954.80
Nancy Huskins Nature Nomads A.L. Stanback Middle 100  $1,925.15
Natalia Johns Reading on Wheels Grady Brown Elementary 60  $545.00
Patrick Mitchell AMP It Up!! Cameron Park Elementary 620  $1,685.98
Richard Hughes “Hole in Fun” Woodland Elementary 300  $1,942.80
Taylor Bryant Phoenix Academy Engineering Club Phoenix Academy High School 40  $1,752.40
Teresa Perkins Learning Life Lessons With a Buddy Stoney Creek Elementary 45  $1,500.00
Thomas Fisler Sun’s Energy in the Garden A.L. Stanback Middle 250  $1,143.00
Tina Mansfield Energized about Science Morris Grove Elementary 85  $1,906.88
Valerie Smith Beginning Band Bonus Southern Middle 5  $2,000.00

Piedmont Electric is a local, member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative serving more than 32,000 electric accounts in Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange and Person counties. Piedmont Electric exists to serve our members and improve the quality of life in our communities through local employment, economic development, business engagement, youth education, grants to educators, advocacy for energy issues, community involvement and emergency preparedness support. Visit www.pemc.coop for more information.

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