Johnston teachers win classroom grants

01/03/2014 9:48 AM

01/03/2014 9:50 AM

Eight Johnston County teachers have received nearly $20,000 in grants from Wake Electric’s Bright Ideas education grant program.

The recipients were among the 150 teachers honored at the 11th annual Touchstone Energy Bright Ideas awards luncheon, sponsored by Wake Electric and held in the Dail Club at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.

The Johnston County recipients are Michael Butler of Clayton Middle School, $2,100 for a project called “Enhancing Financial Literacy Using the Stock Market Game”; Chad Holloman, Corinth Holders High School, $2,998.40, “Agriculture Exploration – Local and Global Agriculture Importance”; Christy Gandy, North Johnston High School, $3,000, “Using Molecular Genetics in Today’s World”; Sherrie Mallory, Powhatan Elementary School, $2,971.60, “Stock Market Savvy”; Jeanne Beasley, Powhatan Elementary School, $816.40, “Motion Mania”; Douglas Pawlak, Riverwood Middle School, $2,940, “Your DNA Ancestry”; James C. Whitaker, Smithfield-Selma High School, $1,876, “Sea Perch”; and Stephanie Caviness and Carmen Young, Wilson’s Mills Elementary School, $2,624.05, “iScience Investigation Stations.”

The luncheon was part of a month-long Bright Ideas celebration. North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives will award close to $600,000 in Bright Ideas education grants to teachers across the state. Since the program began in 1994, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have provided more than $8.5 million for 8,300 projects in subjects ranging from math to the arts. More than 1.5 million students statewide have taken part in the projects.

Wake Electric, based in Wake Forest, is a nonprofit electric utility serving over 37,000 members in Franklin, Durham, Granville, Johnston, Vance, Nash and Wake counties.

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