WCPSS teachers continue to generate high voltage with their great ideas for the classroom, and Wake Electric has taken notice.
The local utility has awarded 15 teachers in the district with nearly $40,000 in Bright Ideas education grants. The grants fund innovative classroom learning projects.
“The Bright Ideas grant program helps teachers finance creative projects to benefit North Carolina’s youth,” said Darnell Alford, coordinator for all of Wake Electric’s teacher grant programs. “Teachers have so many great ideas, and we’re pleased to help these grant winners bring their ideas to life in the classroom.”
Since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994, North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $9.1 million to teachers across the state. The Bright Ideas program has sponsored more than 8,800 projects in all subjects including math, reading, science and technology, history, music and the arts.
Bright Ideas grant applications are collected each year through mid-September, and winning proposals are selected in a competitive evaluation process by a panel of judges. The application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2015.
Winning teachers are Allison Sarran of Lincoln Heights Elementary, Jeannie Ransone of Sanderson High, Lorraine Romano and Joshua Davis of Millbrook High, Monica Stokes of Pleasant Union Elementary, Ashley Dozier of Root Elementary, Laurie Bowers of Baileywick Road Elementary, David Sander of Wake Forest High, Bruce Mamel of Millbrook, Marie Arondeau of Poe Elementary, Linda Dextre of Wendell Middle, Lori Warren of Rolesville Middle, Cynthia Linton of Stough Elementary, Andrew Kaufman of Moore Square Middle and Carl Harrington of East Wake Academy.
To see a list of winners and find out more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit www.wemc.com or the Bright Ideas website at www.ncbrightideas.com).