Grants for Teachers

by Nov 21, 2023Education, Online Exclusives, South Brunswick

BEMC awards Bright Ideas grants to educators in Brunswick and Columbus counties.

Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) awarded more than $34,000 in Bright Ideas education grants to 29 teachers in Brunswick and Columbus counties in 2023. The grants will fund engaging classroom learning projects that will impact thousands of students.

“Brunswick Electric is extremely appreciative of our amazing educators,” says Dan Strickland, BEMC board member. “We are proud to support their classroom innovation, which helps strengthen the communities that we serve.”

BEMC is one of 26 member-owned electric cooperatives in the state offering Bright Ideas grants to local educators. Since 1994 BEMC has contributed nearly $800,000 to area teachers, and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $15 million in Bright Ideas funding for over 14,200 projects supporting teachers and benefitting more than 3.5 million students.

Bright Ideas Check Presentation BEMC

Grant applications are collected each year through mid-September, and a panel of judges selects winning proposals in a competitive evaluation process. The application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2024.

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BEMC’s 2023 grant recipients are listed below:

Carly Kanzler – Belville Elementary – Drumming Up more Belville Instruments
Julia Creech – Bolivia Elementary – Delightful Learning
Katelyn Lynch – Town Creek Elementary – Gator Creators
Emily Eubanks – Town Creek Elementary – I Th(ink) I Can! I Th(ink) I Can!
Bett Woodrow – Town Creek Elementary – Make Space for Maker Space in Our Library
Katie Watson – Virginia Williamson Elementary – Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support
Kristina Fowler – Waccamaw School – Reading Success
Rachel Jennings – Shallotte Middle – Investigating with Microscopes
Ben Ford – BC Early College High – Supplies for Earth and Environmental Science
Richard Butler – The COAST – Solar Electric Training
Amanda Baity – North Brunswick High – Experiments in Forensic Science
Rachel Crawford – North Brunswick High – Earth, Environmental and APES Science Supplies
Jason Pring – North Brunswick High – Sensors for Science
Erica Sypole – South Brunswick High – Lab Supplies for Biology
Nan Sellers – South Brunswick High – Probes for Chemistry
Catherine Jones – South Brunswick High – Explore the World Virtually
Kelly Cave – South Brunswick High – Old School Photo Booth with Modern Flare
Keri McKenzie – West Brunswick High – 3D Printer for Robotics
Mary Evans – West Brunswick High – Interactive Notebooks for Science
Jennifer Sams – Cerro Gordo Elementary – Bright Opportunities
Georganna G. Gore – Tabor City Elementary – Let’s Rock!
Janet Tyler – Tabor City Elementary – Stemsational Hands On Science Lab
Alexandra Delgado – Tabor City Elementary – Outdoor Exploration Station
Kathy Butler – Williams Township Elementary – Light Bulb Moments
Kathy Trost – Williams Township Elementary – Do You Have Your Fun Meter? We Do!
LeighAnn McPherson – Williams Township Elementary – Full STEAM Ahead!
Lisa Cox Williams – Township Elementary – This Day in History…Lights, Camera, Action!
Keith Darrow – Nakina Middle – Collaborative Classroom
Fred Mason – Columbus Career & College Academy – It Ain’t Just Arithmetic