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Bright Ideas Grants Awarded to Local Educators

Science teacher Todd Stehle hit the nail on the head with his Bright Ideas grant project – using solar panels and associated equipment so his 8th grade students at Newport Middle School can learn more about electricity, renewable energy and associated concepts.

Stehle was just one of 36 educators in Havelock and Carteret County schools who earned Bright Ideas grants from the cooperative to inspire their students in the 2017-18 school year and beyond. A teacher at Morehead City Elementary School was so eager to get started with her project that when she was heard her grant was approved, she exclaimed: “This is great! I already have the materials in my Amazon shopping cart.”

Bright Ideas grant applications for innovative teaching projects were collected through mid-September, and winning proposals were selected in a competitive evaluation process by a panel of judges. In all, CCEC and the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation provided $23,316 – from $57 to $1,000 – in grants at 20 schools.

“Teachers have so many great ideas, and we’re pleased to help these grant winners bring their ideas to life in the classroom,” said Lisa Galizia, communications director at CCEC. “We are committed to bettering the communities we serve, and we believe there is no better way than through the education of our youth.”

CCEC and the state’s 25 other electric co-ops will award grants to educators in every county this year. Since 1994, CCEC has awarded 627 grants totaling more than $466,000, with an impact on 116,561 students. Winning projects cover nearly all subjects, including science, math, technology, art, music and more. Here are this year's winners. For photos of the surprise deliveries,click here.

Kathy Leffler

Arthur Edwards Elementary

Character Matters

Rosemary Steinman

Arthur Edwards Elementary

Kindle Fires Are Not Just For Games!

Sara Hocutt

Havelock High

Certifying Today's Students & Tomorrow's Foodservice Leaders

John Scarfpin

Havelock High

A New Scope of Understanding

Sara Mautino

Roger Bell Elementary

Roadrunner Library Revitalization

Frederick Angoco

Tucker Creek Middle

Progressive Sight Singing Beyond Sound & Science

Virginia Jones

WJ Gurganus Elementary

Fun with Fractions

Deidre Arthur

Atlantic Elementary

Making Science Real

Jenna Franks

Atlantic Elementary

Ready Orff Not!

Joella Morris

Beaufort Elementary

Click! Boom! Crash!

Latesheca Johnson

Beaufort Middle

Rocket-it With Writing

Ann-Marie Robinson

Bogue Sound Elementary

Team Kinder-Coding: Bee Bots

Jason Vanzant

Bogue Sound Elementary

Marine Biome Touch Tank

Colleen Whilldin

Bogue Sound Elementary

Go For the Gold

Alphareta Dorgan

Bridges Learning Center

Math Literacy in the Classroom

Heather Blackwell

Broad Creek Middle

Make Virtual Reality a Reality for Us

Megan Pinkerton

Broad Creek Middle

STEAMing up the Art Room

Kimberly Meaney

Croatan High

Collaborative Photo Essay Project

Kate Jayne

East Carteret High

Seeds of Success

Rebeccah Haines

Morehead City Elementary

Coding and Creation

Wendy Horvat

Morehead City Elementary

Recycling Program

Susan Merrell

Morehead City Elementary

Underwater ROVs

Teresa Riley

Morehead City Elementary

Breakout Geniuses

Sharon Voss

Morehead City Elementary

Escape the Music Room

Charles Elliott

Morehead City Middle

Underwater ROV 2.0

Patricia Dale

Morehead City Primary

Flexible Seating in 3rd Grade Classroom

Amanda McCall

Morehead City Primary

Break Out of the Everyday Instruction

Paul Sproul

Newport Middle

Help Save Lives!  CPR Time

Stacey Stehle

Newport Middle

Pedal Power!

Todd Stehle

Newport Middle

Let's Go Solar!

Reba Lewis

Tiller School

Revolutionary Recess

Scott Kucera

West Carteret High

White Oak River Basin Land Cover Changes

Amy Thomas

West Carteret High

iPads for Learning

Marie Foxworth

White Oak Elementary

Setting Sail on a Learning Adventure

Ashley Joyner

White Oak Elementary

Let's have a BALL with Math

Marsha Sirkin

White Oak Elementary

Do You See What I See? 

The application process will reopen for interested teachers in the spring of 2018. To find out more information about the grant program, visit and follow CCEC’s Facebook page ( to receive regularly updated news about the program.

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