JOEMC recently awarded 84 Bright Ideas Grants totaling just over $78,000 to local teachers. These grants fund unique classroom learning projects that will benefit close to 35,000 students at 51 schools in Jones and Onslow Counties, as well as the Topsail Area of Pender County.

“Every year, Bright Ideas grants help bring creative learning to life in classrooms throughout our community,” said Jeff Clark, Chief Executive Officer of JOEMC. “We’re pleased to provide funding for innovative projects that support the ingenuity of our educators and engage our students in new ways.”

Since the Bright Ideas Grant Program began in 1994, JOEMC has contributed more than $1.4 million to over 5,600 local educators and some 1,800 projects in all subjects including math, reading, science and technology, history, music, and the arts. Since it’s inception, the grants have touched the lives of more than 550,000 local students.

Bright Ideas grant applications are submitted each year starting in August and winning proposals are selected by an independent panel of judges through a competitive evaluation process.

Click here for a list of this year’s JOEMC grant recipients or for more information about the Bright Ideas Grant Program.