Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) has awarded more than $31,500 in Bright Ideas education grants to 29 local teachers to fund engaging classroom learning projects. More than 7,300 students at schools in Brunswick and Columbus counties will participate in projects funded by BEMC this year. Now in its 25th year, the program has contributed nearly $800,000 to area teachers.
“Educators who win Bright Ideas grants go above and beyond for their students,” said Josh Winslow, CEO. “We’re excited to support their innovative and creative learning initiatives through the Bright Ideas program each year.”
Winning projects include growing microgreens, installing a hydroponics system in the school’s greenhouse, and a wide assortment of STEM-based activities, as well as music and the arts.
“Investing in the education of our youth and future leaders is a major part of BEMC’s commitment to the communities we serve,” Winslow said.
Originally founded at BEMC, the program is now offered by 26 member-owned electric cooperatives in the state by awarding grants to local educators. Since 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have reached well over 2.3 million North Carolina students by sponsoring nearly 12,000 projects in all subjects. More than $12.2 million has been awarded collectively to Tar Heel teachers.
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 2020. To find out more information, visit http://www.bemc.org/bright-ideas-grants.
BEMC’s 2019 grant recipients are listed below:
|Holly Majewski||Belville Elementary School||Brunswick||A Little Bit of STEM with Little Bits|
|Kathrine Weeks||Brunswick County Early College High School||Brunswick||Action!-A Film Technology Future|
|Ami Thompson||Cedar Grove Middle School||Brunswick||Venus Flytrap|
|Morgan Pierce||Cerro Gordo Elementary School||Columbus||Colorful Learning|
|Fred Mason||Columbus Career and College Academy||Columbus||Measuring for success|
|Mariel Sellers||East Columbus High School||Columbus||Bringing Biotechnology Into the Classroom|
|Kathryn Faulk||Edgewood Elementary School||Columbus||I Snapped It!|
|Erica Jackson||Evergreen Elementary School||Columbus||Filling Their Toolkits|
|Rod A Gore||Guideway Elementary School||Columbus||Growing Microgreens|
|Troy Pierce||Hallsboro/Artesia Elementary School||Columbus||Creative Solutions|
|Velvet Hardwick||Nakina Middle School||Columbus||Computer Connections|
|Stiofan E Luitar||North Brunswick High School||Brunswick||Light and Lens|
|Pamela Cook||Old Dock Elementary School||Columbus||All Play and Work-How Pre-k Children Learn|
|Lillie Royal||Old Dock Elementary School||Columbus||Building our Learning|
|Kristina Fowler||South Brunswick Charter School||Brunswick||I Pad Central|
|Anna Blevins||South Brunswick High School||Brunswick||Science Olympiad|
|Jennifer Foley||South Columbus High School||Columbus||Bringing Life to Biology|
|Mary Gore||South Columbus High School||Columbus||Can You Escape From Math?|
|Teri Dammann||Supply Elementary School||Brunswick||Tower Garden|
|Christie Rabon||The COAST||Brunswick||H&R Block Budget Challenge And Vendor Selection|
|Amanda Cutrell||Union Elementary School||Brunswick||Making Learning Hands On with Osmo|
|Katie Watson||Virginia Williamson Elementary School||Brunswick||Bus Bucks|
|Margaret L Zeng||Waccamaw School||Brunswick||STEM activities at Waccamaw School|
|Marc Pardee||West Brunswick High School||Brunswick||Science Lab Explosion|
|Carol M Desmond||West Brunswick High School||Brunswick||West Imagination and Learning Lab|
|Dawn Hinshaw||West Columbus High School||Columbus||No Soil, No Problem!|
|Fred McPherson||West Columbus High School||Columbus||Animal Agriculture|
|Belinda Collins||Whiteville High School||Columbus||A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words|
|Cassie Hoffman||Williams Township Elementary||Columbus||Beyond Code with Sphero|
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Brunswick Electric is the second largest rural electric cooperative in NC, the 35th largest of more than 900 co-ops in the U.S. and serves more than 98,000 meter locations in Brunswick and Columbus counties, plus small areas of Bladen and Robeson. BEMC is a locally owned not-for-profit corporation committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity to its members. Established in 1939, the co-op has a longstanding tradition of working to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves through programs such as energy efficiency, heating assistance, grants and scholarships.