Bright Ideas Educational Grants
At Randolph Electric, we believe there is no more important investment than in our state’s youth. That’s why for more than 20 years, the electric co-ops of North Carolina have offered Bright Ideas education grants to Tar Heel teachers in K-12 classrooms across the state.
Bright Ideas grants provide funding for innovative, classroom-based projects that would otherwise not be possible. Since 1994, we have touched the lives of more than 2 million students who have participated in 9,800 Bright Ideas projects, and given out more than $10.2 million. Each year, close to 600 grants are funded across the state.
Proposals can come from any area of the curriculum. Projects must directly benefit students, provide ongoing benefits, and use innovative teaching methods. A panel of previous Bright Ideas grant winners, various counties’ Teachers of the Year, as well as retired teachers, carefully reviewed and discuss each application before deciding on the final awards.
To apply, teachers must include a budget, explain the implementation, goals, creative elements and evaluation of the project, and have approval from the school principal. Applications will be judged in a competitive evaluation process, and judges will be on the lookout for projects that feature innovation and creativity. The application and grant-writing tips can be found at www.ncbrightideas.com.
The 2020 grants were awarded to the following educators and schools:
- Lance Barber of West End Elementary won $ 720 for his project, STEP UP!
- Joy Sudduth of East Middle School won $ 1,080 for her project, EC Technology.
- Lane Prince of Page Street Elementary won $ 1,000 for her project, Building Relationships and Culture through Learning.
- Julie Brown of North Moore High won $ 1,900 for her project, School-based Enterprise.
- Jennifer Samulski and Kathryn Gillispie of Randleman Elementary won $ 650 for their project, Sensory Tiger Trails.
From Uwharrie Charter Academy, four teachers secured funding for their projects. They include the following:
- Chrissy Neelon won $1,950 for her project, Laser in the Future;
- Suzanne Bryant won $ 800 for the Unity in Community Book Challenge;
- Elizabeth Farmer won $ 2,000 for MudWatts in the Classroom; and
- Carol Munro won $ 1,900 for Rocketbooks for Engagement.