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Photos must be submitted by February 1, 2015.
Local Teachers Receive 'Bright Ideas Grants'
CHEC is honoring teachers and celebrating innovation in education by awarding Bright Ideas grants to educators on Hatteras Island. The grants will fund two projects that will touch the lives of more than 300 local students.
“We’re thrilled to award these dedicated educators with Bright Ideas grants,” said Laura Ertle, director of public relations and marketing. “CHEC is committed to bettering the communities we serve, and we believe there is no better way than through the education of our youth.”
Bright Ideas education grants, sponsored by CHEC and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, provide resources to Tar Heel teachers for innovative, hands-on, classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded.
Brenda Smith, art teacher at Cape Hatteras Elementary School, was awarded a grant for her project “CHES Moments in Time”. Fourth and fifth grade students will design and produce an annual yearbook. Through the project students will learn skills in interviewing, writing, designing page layouts, photography, editing, advertising and sales. It is Brenda’s goal to sell enough yearbooks to become a self sustaining, yearly project.
Evan Ferguson, marketing education teacher at Cape Hatteras Secondary School, was awarded a grant for her “Food and Wellness Project”. The program will focus on nutrition, healthy living, cooking, sustainability, and green practices. Gardening as well as 21st century technology will support Evan’s initiative to develop healthy, happy and functioning adults.
North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are expected to award nearly $600,000 in Bright Ideas grant funding to educators statewide this school year. Since 1994, the Bright Ideas program has awarded more than $8.5 million to teachers across the state for 8,300 projects benefiting more than 1.5 million North Carolina students.