Central Electric Honors Bright Ideas Winners
November 19th, 2014
By Heather Vaughan
Sanford, N.C.,- November 19, 2015- Central Electric and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives will honor grant-winning teachers on Friday, Nov. 21 at the 12th annual Touchstone Energy Bright Ideas education grant awards luncheon at the Dail Club at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. More than $185,000 in Bright Ideas grant funding from six Touchstone Energy cooperatives will be awarded to 140 educators from schools in the central region of the state.
Grant recipients will use the funding to bring innovative, hands-on learning projects to their students. Central will award $10,000 to local educators scattered across Chatham, Harnett, Lee, and Moore counties.
“We are very proud of our Bright Ideas grant winners, and it is our pleasure to recognize their outstanding efforts at the awards luncheon,” said Janet Jackson, Bright Ideas Program Coordinator at Central Electric.
Dr. Adolph “Doc” Brown will deliver the keynote address to the grant winners. Brown is a master teacher and motivator and is one of America's leading authorities on educational excellence and leadership development. A professor, department chairperson and academic dean of the graduate college at Hampton University, Brown will share a message of empowerment and inspiration and encourage educators to continue creating a brighter future for themselves, their students, their community and their country.
The luncheon, which is part of a statewide celebration of Bright Ideas Month in November, will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Dail Club within N.C. State University’s Carter-Finley Stadium and will be live-tweeted using the hashtag #NCBrightIdeas.
This year North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bright Ideas grant program. Statewide, the cooperatives expect to award close to $600,000 in Bright Ideas grants to deserving teachers this year. Since the program’s inception in 1994, Bright Ideas has provided more than $9.1 million to Tar Heel educators. The funds have underwritten more than 8,800 projects aimed at improving classroom instruction and encouraging creative teaching initiatives, benefiting more than 1.6 million students throughout the state.
Sponsoring the grants recognized at the 2014 awards luncheon are Central Electric Membership Corporation, Sanford; Four County EMC, Burgaw; North Carolina EMC, Raleigh; Piedmont EMC, Hillsborough; South River EMC, Dunn; and Wake EMC, Wake Forest.
The Bright Ideas education grant program is an example of the electric cooperatives’ commitment to community. Central Electric awards grants of up to $2,000 to local teachers each year, for more information, visit www.cemcpower.com or www.ncbrightideas.com.
North Carolina’s electric cooperatives provide safe, affordable, reliable electricity to 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties.