Bright Ideas education grants, sponsored by Jones-Onslow and the other electric cooperatives in North Carolina, provide resources to educators for innovative, hands-on, classroom projects up to $2,000 that would not otherwise be funded.

JOEMC recently awarded a total of $78,000 to 336 educators for 84 projects. These projects will touch the lives of nearly 35,000 local students.

To view this year’s recipients click here.

Proposals can come from any area of the curriculum. Projects must directly benefit students, provide ongoing benefits, and use innovative teaching methods. A panel of previous Bright Ideas grant winners and various counties’ teachers carefully reviewed and discussed each application before deciding on the following final awards.

“We’re thrilled to award such dedicated and innovative educators with Bright Ideas grants,” said Paula Redick, Assistant Vice President of Community & Public Relations at JOEMC. “Their creative projects will enhance engagement within the classroom setting, help students think ‘outside the box’ and teach skills that will build students into strong leaders of the future.”