Teachers Don't Miss Your Chance to Apply!
July 31st, 2013
By Heather Vaughan
Sanford, N.C., July 31, 2013–The Bright Ideas education grant program, which awards funding to N.C. teachers for innovative classroom-based projects, is accepting applications. North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives, including Central Electric, have allocated nearly $600,000 to distribute to teachers across the state during the 2013-2014 school year. The final deadline to apply is September 20th, and educators who apply by Friday, Aug. 16 will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Visa gift card.
“We’re proud to support educators whose hard work, dedication and enthusiasm impact the lives of so many young people,” said Janet Jackson, Energy Use & Information Specialist at Central EMC. “They give so much to their students, and through the grants and the early-bird prize, we’re honored to give something back. We hope this year even more teachers will apply by August 16 and have a chance to win the $500 Visa gift card.”
Classroom teachers are eligible to apply for Bright Ideas grants of up to $2,000.00 for creative projects that would otherwise go unfunded. Educators can learn about the Bright Ideas program and apply online at www.cemcpower.com.
All teachers who apply by the Aug. 16 early-bird deadline will be entered to win the $500 Visa gift card. The winner of the gift card will be selected at random and recognized on Central Electric’s website as well as the Bright Ideas website and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ncbrightideas.
Since the Bright Ideas program began in 1994, the electric cooperatives have awarded more than $8.5 million in grant money to North Carolina's teachers to sponsor more than 8,300 projects benefiting more than 1.5 million students.
“Central Electric is committed to education and our community, and we believe there’s no better way to contribute than by partnering with teachers to create new opportunities for our future leaders,” said Janet Jackson.