Bright Ideas has funded 9,800 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 2 million students who have participated in 9,800 Bright Ideas projects, and given out more than $10.2 million. Each year, close to 600 grants are funded across the state.

Tar Heel Teacher of the Week
Congratulations to our Bright Ideas Tar Heel Teachers of the Week for the month of September!

Every year, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives contribute about $600,000 to N.C. educators through our Bright Ideas Education Grant program. Now, the co-ops are recognizing 26 of the most outstanding grant winners in the state for their hard work and positive impact on students.
Margie White
Margie White
Grandy Primary School
Camden, N.C.

Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation, based in Hertford, is proud to nominate Mrs. White for recognition on a statewide level. White’s project, "Decoding Delayed Readers", is creative project aimed at creating a solid foundation for struggling readers. The project utilizes a smartboard for students to complete their lessons while being hands on at the same time.

Mrs. White and her project will be recognized Saturday, September 3 during the radio broadcast of the UNC vs. Georgia game.

Clayton Reaves
Clayton Reaves
Nakina Middle School
Nakina, N.C.

Brunswick Electric, based in Supply, nominated Mr. Reaves in recognition of his creative approach to using microscopic views to expand students’ broad understanding. His Bright Ideas project, "Invisible Worlds: Microscope Discoveries" provides microscopes for students to investigate smaller world, expanding their understanding in the field of science. Students also learn about the importance of water quality, giving them a greater understanding of the importance of fresh water and other resources.

Mr. Reaves and his project will be recognized Saturday, September 10 during the radio broadcast of the UNC vs. Illinois game.
Shanna Harrellson
Shanna Harrellson
West Bladen High School
Bladenboro, N.C.

Four County EMC, based in Burgaw, proudly nominates Mrs. Shanna Harrelson as its Tar Heel Teacher of the Week. Harrelson is an honors science teacher and repeat Bright Ideas grant winner who strives to make a difference for every student. Her latest Bright Ideas project is called "Integration of Honors Science and EC Adaptive Students, Cooperative Learning at Its Best and Most Tactile". "Mrs. Harrelson is truly deserving of this award because she consistently goes above and beyond to make a difference for all students, she makes every learning experience challenging as well as exciting for her students, school and community," said Gay Johnson, Director of Corporate Communications of Four County EMC.

Mrs. Harrelson and her project will be recognized Saturday, September 17 during the radio broadcast of the UNC vs. James Madison game.
Pamela Flack
Pamela Flack
Halifax Academy
Roanoke Rapids, N.C

An energetic English and Language arts teacher, Mrs. Pamela Flack is being recognized for receiving 2 Bright Ideas grants in row from Halifax EMC, based in Enfield. Flack’s most recent project, "Book Blog: A Novel Approach to Writing," is yet another shining example of how Flack is constantly developing creative ways to get her students motivated to read and develop critical thinking skills.

Mrs. Flack and her project will be recognized Saturday, September 24 during the radio broadcast of the UNC vs. Pittsburgh game.

All of the Tar Heel Teacher of the Week nominees will receive four tickets to a Tar Heel Football game and a plaque commemorating their achievements.

North Carolina’s 26 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 honored as Teachers of the Week this year.

Once again, congratulations to all of the Tar Heel Teachers of the Week for the month of September.

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 out more about North Carolina's electric cooperatives and the cooperatives’ community programs we support.

Bright Ideas recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. See how Bright Ideas impacted teachers and students by watching our celebration video!