Central Electric Celebrates Bright Ideas Month
November 1st, 2011
SANFORD, N.C. — Central Electric, along with 25 other North Carolina Touchstone Energy cooperatives, will award Bright Ideas education grants to deserving teachers across the state from now through the end of November. Central will contribute $10,000 to 8 teachers in Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Moore Counties. In total, North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives will collectively contribute $600,000 to fund more than 550 Bright Ideas projects this year.
Any certified K-12 North Carolina teacher may apply for a grant of up to $2,000 to be used for projects in their classroom. The Bright Ideas program began 18 school years ago with the purpose of helping teachers who were financing classroom-based projects out of their own pockets and has since funded more than 7,000 projects.
“Central Electric Membership Corporation, a Touchstone Energy cooperative, is proud of the impact we’re making on education in our community and surrounding areas and we’re celebrating deserving teachers this month,” said Janet Trevino, Bright Ideas Coordinator for Central Electric. “We’re arming teachers with the supplies they need to bring hands-on learning and creative projects into classrooms across North Carolina.”
Since the program’s inception in 1994, North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives have awarded more than $7.1 million to N.C. teachers. The Bright Ideas program has reached more than 1.2 million students in all subjects including math, reading, science and technology, music and the arts.
Bright Ideas month boasts a variety of activities including, banquets honoring winning teachers and featuring acclaimed guest speakers, a surprise classroom visit and grant presentation from some of the Carolina Panthers players, and “prize patrol” visits to winning teachers’ schools. During each celebration, cooperative representatives will award deserving teachers with their grant checks.
Central Electric, a Touchstone Energy cooperative provides reliable, safe and affordable electricity to 21,000 members in Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties.
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|Elizabeth Christensen, from Union Pines High School, standing second from left, celebrates her winning grant with her students.