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Bright Ideas Grant Application Period is Open

Educators: Do you have an idea for an innovative classroom project?

Carteret-Craven Electric Co-op is accepting applications for Bright Ideas education grants for the 2018-19 school year.

Teachers in K-12 classrooms in the co-op's service area who have creative ideas for hands-on learning projects are encouraged to apply.

As a member-owned cooperative, CCEC is committed to supporting local communities. Last year, CCEC and the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation provided $23,316 – from $57 to $1,000 – at 20 schools in Carteret County and Havelock. Since 1994, the co-op has awarded $466,364 for 627 classroom projects.

“The funding provides educational materials that regular school funds can’t buy,” said CCEC Communications Director Lisa Galizia. “We are amazed year after year at how just a little bit of money can mean so much to these educators and their students.”

“Having this grant funding means that my kids get to work with materials that they otherwise wouldn’t, and with these particular materials they are creators and inventors,” said Rebeccah Haines, who teaches fourth and fifth graders at Morehead City Elementary School at Camp Glenn.

Her Bright Ideas project, “Coding and Creation” was funded for the 2017-18 school year and provides innovative tools for students to learn and use computer coding.

“They’ve created a table top “ultimate shoot out” game that lights up and tracks their score and are programming a race car game,” Haines said. “They really are enjoying manipulating and figuring out the materials.”

Morehead City Primary School teacher Patricia Dale’s grant funded a solution to common classroom problem – fidgeting. She has traded chairs for a variety of unique seating (and standing) options.

With traditional classroom seating, Dale said, “I used to see them sitting in their old chairs with their knees up to their noses, or sitting on their knees, or leaning the chair dangerously backward. They were so uncomfortable and sick of sitting. But now they are able to work quietly or be as active as they need to be without making me fear for their safety.”

“From science, technology, engineering and math, to music, history, physical education and more, grants make the work of educators easier and help engage students in a meaningful way,” Galizia said.

Apply Now!

Grant applications are being accepted April 1 through Sept 19. It could pay to apply early: all teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of Aug. 15 will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card.

To apply or get more information about Bright Ideas, visit NCBrightIdeas.com.

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