The Early Bird Gets The Worm
August 7th, 2012
By Heather Vaughan
Sanford, N.C., Aug. 7, 2012 –Central Electric is accepting applications for Bright Ideas education grants to fund creative, classroom-based projects.
Teachers can apply for grants of up to $2000, which is part of more than $600,000 in Bright Ideas funding that will be awarded to teachers statewide during the upcoming school year. The final deadline to apply is September 21, but teachers who submit their application by the early-bird deadline of Aug. 17 have a chance to win an extra $500.
“We’re proud to support educators whose hard work, dedication and enthusiasm impact the lives of so many young people,” said Janet Trevino, Energy Auditor of Central Electric. “They give so much to their students, and with the early-bird prize, we’re honored to offer something in return. We encourage all interested teachers to apply early by Aug. 17 and be entered to win the gift card.”
Classroom teachers at qualifying schools in Chatham, Harnett, Lee, Moore and Randolph counties can apply for grants individually or as a team. The application, grant-writing tips and more information about the Bright Ideas education grant program can be found at www.ncbrightideas.com.
All teachers who submit their application by Aug. 17 will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Visa gift card. The early-bird winner will be notified and then recognized on the Bright Ideas website and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ncbrightideas.
Last year, Central Electric awarded $10,000 to fund several projects in the areas we serve. CEMC is committed to education in our community, and we believe there’s no better way to contribute than by partnering with teachers to enhance learning opportunities for our youth,” Janet Trevino said.
Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have awarded more than $7.9 million in Bright Ideas grants funding for more than 7,700 projects benefitting 1.4 million students.