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PENDER COUNTY TEACHERS AWARDED BRIGHT IDEAS GRANTS FROM FOUR COUNTY EMC

PENDER COUNTY TEACHERS AWARDED BRIGHT IDEAS GRANTS FROM FOUR COUNTY EMC

Eight Pender County teachers won $6,274 in Bright Ideas grants from Four County EMC and were recognized at the 13th annual Bright Ideas Awards Luncheon. 

The Pender County grant winners joined educators from 22 counties at the Nov. 5 luncheon, which was held at Dail Club at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. Six local Touchstone Energy cooperatives hosted the event and awarded more than $185,000 in Bright Ideas grant funding for creative classroom projects.

“Each of these grant winners goes above and beyond for their students, and we’re excited to play a part in bringing these innovative learning projects to life,” said Gay Johnson, Director of Corporate Communications. “Our cooperative is committed to supporting the communities we serve, and Bright Ideas grants are a wonderful and impactful way to do that.”

In total, Four County EMC awarded $19,860 to 22 teachers in Bladen, Duplin, Pender and Sampson counties. Since the Bright Ideas program began 21 years ago, Four County EMC has contributed more than $377,660 to local teachers. 

Bright Ideas education grants are sponsored by Four County EMC locally, and North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives statewide, to help further traditional academic learning through innovative scholastic projects that go beyond available school funding.

 Four County EMC Bright Ideas grant winners in Pender County:

Pender High                                                                               
“Project STEAM Ahead”
Audrey Stewart

“Electric Vehicle Challenge Start-up”
Thomas Herren

“3D Printing and Product Design”
Thelma Annette Johnson

“Game Design Club”
Allen Stevens

Cape Fear Elementary
“WLPP - We Love Ping Pong!”
Dr. Chris Wirszyla

Burgaw Elementary
“Tooting Recorders”
Ann Dees

Heide Trask High
“It’s all about that Motion”
Chelsea Ash

Pender Early College
“Rounding out the Sea Wolves”
Richard Kukor