JOEMC recently awarded 75 grants totaling close to $75,000 to local teachers to fund unique classroom learning projects that will benefit over 26,500 students at 58 schools in Jones and Onslow Counties, as well as the Topsail Area of Pender County. A banquet was held last month to honor the grant recipients.

“These Bright Ideas grants make a tremendous difference for the teachers who receive them,” said Jeff Clark, Chief Executive Officer of JOEMC. “Our local educators have so many innovative and creative ideas and we’re honored to support them, their students and our community through this program that makes learning fun and engaging.”

Since the Bright Ideas Grant Program began in 1994, JOEMC has contributed more than $1.2 million to local educators and more than $10.9 million has been awarded by North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives to Tar Heel teachers statewide. The program has reached well over 2.1 million students across the state and sponsored more than 10,400 projects in all subjects including math, reading, science and technology, history, music and the arts.

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.

For a list of this year’s JOEMC grant recipients or for more information about the Bright Ideas Grant Program, visit the Bright Ideas page.