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CITY OF PLUS-HEAD – Thirty-eight educators in Carteret and Craven counties received unexpected money Thursday and Friday for classroom projects.

They are recipients of Bright Ideas Grants from Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative to support innovative classroom projects.

The grant recipients’ projects ranged from a drone club to exploring physics and computer coding.

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative communications specialist Melissa Glenn said, “Educators who get Bright Ideas grants go above and beyond for their students. The innovative and creative learning initiatives developed by teachers in our region are impressive and we are proud to help them facilitate these projects.

Several educators apply for the competitive grants each year, and winners are not notified until they receive a surprise visit to their schools.

Traditionally, CCEC representatives surprise winners in their classrooms, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, checks for the past two years have been presented outside school buildings, along with a CCEC bucket truck for serve as a backdrop.

Ms Glenn said $ 26,150 in scholarships has been awarded to teachers this year. Check amounts varied by project, with the highest being $ 1,000.

Thirty awards were presented to Carteret County, and educators who received them on Thursday said they could not carry out their projects without the funds.

Beaufort Elementary School Media Coordinator Amy Wilson said, “For me that means being able to provide our kids with additional technology that we wouldn’t be able to provide otherwise. We are able to purchase equipment without dipping into book funds.

Ms. Wilson was given $ 320 to purchase Ozobots, user-friendly robots that teach coding and problem-solving skills.






Geoffrey Warren, an English teacher at Beaufort Middle School, left, is all smiles at the prospect of receiving a Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative Bright Ideas grant while, in the background, left to right, Anthony Nelson CCEC Board Member, Carter County Schools Superintendent Richard Paylor and CCEC CEO Jake Joplin, right, look on. (Photo by Cheryl Burke)


Geoffrey Warren, a sixth grade English teacher at Beaufort High School, who received $ 500 to purchase science graphic novels to encourage reading, was also delighted to receive the extra money.

“My family and I just raised $ 1,000 of our own money and bought some graphic novels ourselves,” he said. “Now I will add to what I have, so more will be available for students.”

Morehead City Elementary School Science Teacher Susan Merrell, Susan Merrell and her team were delighted to receive $ 879.82 to purchase Spheros, used to study coding, math, strength in movement and other skills science and mathematics.

“Without this grant, we wouldn’t be able to get the extras we need and continue to build our collection so that more students have access to it,” she said.






Teachers receive grants for brilliant ideas

Teachers at Morehead City Elementary School, left to right, Wendy Horvat, Lynn Cohen, Lynda Vann and Susan Merrell show their enthusiasm Thursday after finding out they had received Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative Bright Ideas grants. (Photo by Cheryl Burke)


Then there was West Carteret High School NJROTC instructor Carl Briscoe, who was awarded $ 1,000 to purchase equipment for the school’s drone club.

“The Navy has asked ROTC teams to set up obstacle courses and participate in drone races,” he said. “This money will help us collect all the props and compete with other ROTC teams.”

Teachers apply until mid-September each year for grants, and judges decide which projects will receive awards. Ms Glenn said the application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2022.

Superintendent Dr Rob Jackson, who joined CCEC for some of the presentations, said he was grateful for the support of community partners like CCEC.

“It makes such a significant difference to our teachers, especially when you see repeat winners who build on the funds they have received in previous years,” said Dr. Jackson. “I’m very grateful.”

Since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994, the co-op and its foundation have provided nearly $ 559,000 to educators in the area.

To learn more about the Bright Ideas grant program, visit ccemc.com/BrightIdeas and follow @NCBrightIdeas on Facebook and Twitter.

The county educators receiving Bright Ideas grants, their schools, and the names of their projects are:

· Deidre Arthur of Atlantic Elementary, “Coding with Math. “

· Amy Wilson of Beaufort Elementary School, “Built to Last: Fairy Tales and Great Tales”.

· Geoffrey Warren of Beaufort Middle School, “Shine Scientists”.

· Dana L Tucker and the Bogue Sound Elementary School team, “Keep Calm and Learn”.

· Tracey Woodard and the Carteret Preschool Center team, “Exploring Insect Life Cycles. “

· Wendy Gartner of Croatan High School, “De-stress to Succeed”.

· Sheila Moore of Croatan High School, “Keeping Things Natural and Clean”.

· Susan Merrell of the Morehead City Elementary School team, “Exploring Physics and Coding with Sphero”.

· Wendy Horvat of Morehead City Elementary School, “Listening Comprehension”.

· Claire Ross of Morehead City Elementary School, “3,2,1… Learn! “

· Liz Sharkan and Ernest Pendleton of Morehead City Elementary School, “Not Just To Recover: Supporting Positive Coping Skills In Our Elementary Students”.

· Stephanie Jones of Morehead City Elementary School, “Class Without Walls”.

· Alicia O’Brien of Morehead City Elementary School, “Escape the Worksheets”.

· Emily Golightly of Newport Elementary School, “Engineering Literacy: Building and Designing our Future Through STEAM-based Literacy Activities”.

· Heather Montero and Chadwick Howard from Newport Middle School, “Look at me, I’m 3D! “

· Dawn Simpson and Tanner Worrell from Smyrna Elementary School, “Reading Road Trip: A National Park Adventure”.

· Dana Pingatore from Tiller School, “First Lego League Challenge – The Future of Transportation”.

· Courtney Cowley and the Tiller School team, “Moms Do Science”.

· Gillian Rose and the Tiller School team, “Kids Can Code”.

· Deb Connolly and the Tiller School team, “Reversing the Reading Slump. “

· Sandy Quinn Giovanni of West Carteret High School, “WCHS Robotics Team – We’re Diametric!” “

· Sarah Noll of West Carteret High School, “Picture This. “

· Carl Briscoe of West Carteret High School, “Drone Club”.

· Deborah S. Butler of West Carteret High School, “21st Century laboratory equipment for AP chemistry.

· Marsha Sirkin of White Oak Elementary School, “Coding Across the Curriculum”.

· Elizabeth Foxworth of White Oak Elementary School, “Harnessing the Power”.

· Amy Lee of White Oak Elementary School, “Hatching ‘Eggs’traordinary Ideas. “

· Alisha Reynolds of White Oak Elementary School, “As a Matter of Facts”.

Contact Cheryl Burke at 252-726-7081, ext. 255; send an email to [email protected]; or follow us on Twitter @cherylccnt.


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