Four Johnston County teachers have received $8,930 in Bright Ideas grants from Wake Electric.
They received the grants during the 13th annual Bright Ideas Awards Luncheon, held recently in the Dail Club at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. The teachers will use the grants for a variety of classroom programs throughout the school year.
The winners are:
Linda Watson of Neuse Charter School, $604.85 for a project titled “FLIP-IN-GO.”
Ellen Ennis-Smith and Tholeathcus Raiford of Smithfield-Selma High School, $2,650.95 for “Solar Charging for the 21st Century Student.”
Joshua Page of Smithfield Middle School, $2,674 for “Instruments for All.”
Amy Hines of River Dell Elementary School, $3,000 for “The Walking Classroom.”
“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 Darnell Alford, administrator of the Bright Ideas program. “Our cooperative is committed to supporting the communities we serve, and Bright Ideas grants are a wonderful and impactful way to do that.”
Money for the grants comes from Wake Electric members who agree to round up their light bill to the nearest whole dollar. For example, if the bill is $190.91, Wake Electric will round the bill up 9 cents to $191. These pennies add up to major dollars. Partial funding comes also from the N.C. Electric Membership Corp., formed to support the state’s 27 electric cooperatives.
Wake Electric is a nonprofit electric utility serving more than 40,000 members in parts of Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties.