Early Bird Gets The Prize
June 22nd, 2012
TEACHERS: APPLY NOW FOR BRIGHT IDEAS GRANTS AND A CHANCE TO WIN $500
Sanford, N.C. – 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 more than $600,000 to distribute to teachers across the state during the 2012-2013 school year. The final deadline to apply is September 21, and educators who apply by Aug. 17 will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Visa gift card.
“Central Electric is proud to support educators whose hard work, dedication and enthusiasm impact the lives of so many young people,” said Janet Trevino, Energy Use and Information Specialist at Central Electric. “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 17 and have a chance to win the $500 Visa gift card.”
Certified k-12 teachers are eligible to apply for Bright Ideas grants of up to $2,000 for creative projects that would otherwise go unfunded. Educators can learn about the Bright Ideas program and apply online at www.ncbrightideas.com. Last year, Central Electric contributed $10,000 for 2011-2012 to local classrooms through Bright Ideas grants.
All teachers who apply by the Aug. 17 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 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 $7.9 million in grant money to North Carolina's teachers to sponsor more than 7,700 projects benefiting more than 1.4 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 youth,” Janet Trevino said.
The Bright Ideas education grant program is part of the electric cooperatives’ ongoing commitment to North Carolina communities.
Central Electric, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative based in Sanford, serves 21,000 consumers in parts of Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Moore counties.
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