Piedmont Electric Offers Local Teachers Opportunity for Grants, $500 VISA Gift Card

HILLSBOROUGH, NC. August 13, 2010—Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation is once again sponsoring the Bright Ideas education grant program, which awards grants to local teachers for innovative classroom-based projects.

With the September 20, 2010 deadline quickly approaching, teachers are encouraged to beat the rush and apply early. Teachers who submit a Bright Ideas application before August 16 will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Visa gift card.

The drawing will take place on September 1, and the winning teacher will be notified immediately. The winning teacher will also be recognized on the Bright Ideas website, www.ncbrightideas.com, where the application, an overview of the program and rules and regulations can be found.

Certified K-12 North Carolina teachers are eligible to apply for Bright Ideas grants of up to $2,000 for creative projects that would otherwise go unfunded. The Bright Ideas education grant program is currently the only program in the state exclusively for classroom educators.

“We understand that teachers go above and beyond the call of duty for our state’s youth, and they often spend their spare time and money on their students,” said R. G. Brecheisen, CEO of Piedmont Electric.

Since its inception in 1994, the Bright Ideas grant program has awarded more than $7.1 million in grant money to North Carolina’s teachers to sponsor more than 6,500 projects benefiting more than 1.2 million students.

The application includes an explanation and outline of the proposed project and how it will benefit students in the classroom. A sample application and featured grants are available on the Bright Ideas website along with contact information if teachers have additional questions. The final deadline for applicants is September 20, 2010.

The Bright Ideas education grant program is part of the Cooperative’s ongoing commitment to the communities it serves.

Piedmont Electric is one of the state’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives which have earmarked more than $590,000 to be distributed to deserving N.C. teachers this school year. Locally, about $20,000 will be awarded to educators in this area.

A Touchstone Energy Cooperative based in Hillsborough, Piedmont Electric is a nonprofit electric utility serving 32,000 consumers in parts of Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange and Person counties.