EnergyUnited awards Bright Ideas grants

Posted at 12:15 PM on Oct 31, 2017


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EnergyUnited is awarding nearly 40 teachers from 11 of the 19 counties served by the electric cooperative with over $40,000 in Bright Ideas education grants this month to fund innovative classroom learning projects.

Over 12,000 students at schools in Alexander, Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Randolph, Rowan and Wilkes counties will participate in Bright Ideas projects funded by EnergyUnited this year.

“The Bright Ideas grant program helps teachers finance creative projects to benefit North Carolina’s youth,” said Maureen Moore, communications manager of EnergyUnited. “Teachers have so many great ideas, and we’re pleased to help these grant winners bring their ideas to life in the classroom.”

Winning projects include: archaeology, robotics, teaching history in various ways, outdoor landfills, STEAM projects, composting, robotics, fun ways to encourage reading, art, and learning about genetics and the human body. This year EnergyUnited’s leadership team will be visiting each teacher’s classroom and will present them with their grant money and a large check that they can proudly display in their school.

Eight projects submitted by teachers in Iredell County were among the winners:

• Mount Mourne IB School, Alicia Driver, Refill Not Landfills, $595.71
• Mount Mourne IB School, Cortney Frasier, Creative Cloud Comics, $256.07
• Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy, Un Kyoung Han, The Outdoor Learning Classroom $1,669.00
• West Iredell High, John Cullen, Season Extending Lab Using A High Tunnel, $1,541.82
• N B Mills Elementary, Linda Dearman, Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader Part 2! $1,000.00
• American Renaissance Elementary, Emily Keith, MakerSpace StartUp, $1,800.00
• Iredell Charter Academy, Mary Hart, Light up the Art Room, $352.09
• North Iredell High, Adrian Bustle, The Historical Reporter, $548.96

Since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994, EnergyUnited has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to local teachers.

“EnergyUnited is committed to bettering the communities we serve, and we believe there is no better way than through the education of our youth,” Moore said.

North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $10.9 million to teachers across the state. The Bright Ideas program has reached well over 2.1 million North Carolina students and sponsored more than 10,400 projects in all subjects including math, reading, science and technology, history, music and the arts.

Learn More

Bright Ideas grant applications are collected each year from April 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 the spring of 2018. To find out more information about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit

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