Bright Ideas has funded 9,200 education grants in N.C. Will yours be next?

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are accepting grant applications through September

At North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, we believe there is no more important investment than in our state’s youth. That’s why for more than 20 years, the electric co-ops have offered Bright Ideas education grants to Tar Heel teachers in K-12 classrooms across the state.

Bright Ideas grants provide funding for innovative, classroom-based projects that would otherwise not be possible. Since 1994, we have touched the lives of more than 1.8 million students who have participated in 9,200 Bright Ideas projects, and given out more than $9.6 million. Each year, close to 600 grants are funded across the state.

Will your project be next?

Applications are accepted annually from April through September. Final application deadlines can vary, depending on the sponsoring electric cooperative in your area.

Grant Winners from Randolph EMC

Educators may apply as individuals or as a team for the grants, which are awarded in a competitive evaluation process by individual electric cooperatives throughout the state.

North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives are committed to the communities they serve. Find about more about the cooperatives’ community programs here.

Congratulations to our Bright Ideas Tar Heel Teacher of the Week!

Tarheel Teacher of the Week
Susan Parker
Buckland Elementary
Gates, N.C.

In Susan Parker’s classroom, students chat on “phones” made from connected Slinkys and cups that conduct sound. Second graders hear whispers from across the room by holding parabolic reflectors (cooking woks) behind their heads. Parents participate by recording stories, and students develop proficiency with technology by using Kindles and recorders.

It’s all part of Mrs. Parker’s “Good Vibrations” project, funded by a Bright Ideas grant from Roanoke Electric Cooperative. The grant built a listening center to support speech, Spanish and reading programs at Buckland Elementary by allowing students to hear themselves and others speak.

For this innovative approach to helping students learn about sound with more “WOW,” Roanoke Electric is proud to recognize Mrs. Parker on a statewide level as a Bright Ideas Tar Heel Teacher of the Week. Only 26 exceptional North Carolina teachers will be recognized as Teachers of the Week during this school year.

Mrs. Parker and her project will be recognized as during the radio broadcast of the University of North Carolina football game against Wake Forest on Saturday, Oct. 17. She and three guests will also receive tickets to a UNC football game.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives make possible the Tar Heel Teacher of the Week and Bright Ideas education grant programs in support of education and local communities. Only 26 exceptional North Carolina teachers will be recognized as Teachers of the Week during this school year. Find out more about Roanoke Electric and the electric co-ops’ innovative community programs!

Congratulations to Susan Parker, our Bright Ideas Tar Heel Teacher of the Week!

Last year, Bright Ideas celebrated its 20th anniversary. See how Bright Ideas impacts teachers and students by watching our celebration video: